SAVING THE RHINOS
What do you imagine when you think about rhinos? Many of us think of big mammals grazing peacefully in the Sub-Saharan desert. That is sadly not the case. Rhinos are now in immense danger.
Rhinos are being decimated, thanks to illegal poachers who continually put the lives of these endangered species at risk by poaching rhino horns for illegal use. It has become imperative for the community at large to champion the protection of rhinos and wildlife in general actively.
HOW MANY RHINOS ARE LEFT?
The number of rhinos mindlessly killed increased drastically in 2008. The apparent disregard for wildlife preservation and the lives of these endangered species has continued to date and sadly, gotten worse. In 2015, over 1,000 rhinos were killed. Although the numbers have reduced since then, at least two rhinos were reported to have been killed daily in 2018. If anything, this shows that we still have a long way to go in curbing this menace.
With 80% of the world rhinos, South Africa houses the largest percentage of the world’s rhinos. Thus, the country has been the prime target for illegal poachers. More than 800 rhinos were killed each year between 2012 and 2017. With the numbers of poaching incidents recorded in South Africa in 2018 at 759, it is crucial that the lives and wellbeing of these animals must be preserved.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
Looking at the recent estimates, it appears that the number of rhinos left in existence is less than 30,000. This figure includes 20,000 white rhinos, about 5,500 black rhinos, 3,500 Indian rhinos and approximately 100 Java and Sumatran rhinos.
THE FUTURE OF THE RHINOS
The Department of Environmental Affairs, in August of 2019, reported that at least 318 rhinos had been poached between January and June of 2019.
The snowball effect of rhino poaching and the protracted periods of drought in the wild continued to put rhinos at risk, and in no time, they became fatally endangered.
Although recent statistics and findings as regards the decrease of poaching incidents in 2020 have been very reassuring, we worry that this is a sign of the dwindling numbers of rhinos in the wild and not just the positive effect of anti-poaching support put in place.
We need to put in more effort toward ensuring that these rhinos are safe and not exploited. This includes managing and maintaining the welfare of the rhino populations
IS THERE TIME TO SAVE THE RHINOS?
As it is, time is running out! It is up to us to realize the urgency that this matter requires. Rhinos are not living in peace! They are under siege and in distress. As a lover of wildlife, the thought that every day, poachers kill at least two rhinos to steal their horns should concern you.
Rhinos are at risk of going extinct and at this rate, it will happen sooner rather than later.
Is there any hope?
After surviving for more than 50 million years on the planet, rhinos, which naturally have no enemies, are at the risk of extinction at the hands of humans.
With the huge rhino casualties in the past years, coupled with the increase in the demand for rhino horns, we believe that within the next decade, rhinos could go irreversibly extinct.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Putting an end to Rhino poaching is a collective effort. Thus, we've compiled some things you can do to put an end to rhino poaching.
You can train to be a part of an anti-poaching ranger team. This requires some hands-on experience and training. This team will be in charge of protecting rhinos and helping them relocate to safer areas. Rhinos may be thousands of miles away however there are a plethora of groups that will welcome volunteers with open arms.
You can also educate villagers that reside in areas where rhinos are sighted on the dangers of poaching and the importance of being on the lookout for poachers. This same concept also applies to individuals that are not in Africa or India. Your location has no boundaries and education is required to spread awareness.
Another way to help end rhino poaching is to support policies that enforce harsher punishment for poachers and black-market sellers. We need to stop using rhinos as trophies. Rhino horns are sold in the Asian black market for a pretty penny. When there is a demand for a rhinos horn there will be a supply. It is well known that a rhino horn is worth more money than cocaine per kg. Policys
You can apply to be a volunteer and assist with local projects while doing some fulfilling work and learning about rhinos. If you like to find specific groups to follow email us at email@example.com
Fundraising and Donations
Making financial donations is a sure way to lend your support to conservatories and wildlife groups who are also committed to protecting rhinos from poachers.
Fundraising is also a great way to support the cause. Whether through a bake sale or a charity ball, the effort to raise money for endangered rhinos is a great move. Donations have increased year over year and is said to be the best way for preventing poaching.
Support Cozy Rhino, Save More Rhinos
At Cozy Rhino, we are dedicated to protecting the few rhinos still roaming the earth, which is why our apparel is constructed with the highest quality garments to keep you cozy while spreading awareness.
We have lost over 95% of the rhino population within the last 40 years. The poaching and illegal trade industry have become entirely too large. While rhinos should be roaming free in their natural environment, thousands of these helpless animals are being poached, creating dwindling populations.
Cozy Rhino helps to protect and preserve the rhino species.
But are you?
With any apparel you purchase, a portion of your order will be donated to The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit. The Black Mambas Unit was established in 2013 with the sole purpose of protecting rhinos from poachers. We can all make a difference, and it starts with you.