Tuesday 22nd September 2015 marks a very special day in which people all across the globe will show their support for rhino conservation – World Rhino Day!
The future of one of the planet’s most noble creatures is under threat. In 2014, over 1,215 rhinos were brutally slaughtered for their horns in South Africa, making it the worst poaching year on record.
Rhino poaching has sadly reached a crisis point and if it continues to increase at the current rate, then rhinos could become extinct in the wild by 2026.
The sixth annual World Rhino Day will honour all five species of rhino: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan. It is an opportunity to highlight efforts to debunk the myths and diminish the demand for rhino horn.
Even though they have no proven medicinal qualities, rhino horns are prized as a cancer cure, a medical treatment and an aphrodisiac. The truth is that rhino horns are made from a protein called keratin – the exact same substance that our very own fingernails and hair are made of.
Luckily, there are people out there who are dedicated to protecting the future of the rhino. But these rangers who are working on the ground can’t do it alone – that’s why Medivet have joined Dr William Fowlds and the Wilderness Foundation in their quest to protect wild rhinos through the Medivet Saving the Rhino campaign.
There are a number of ongoing initiatives taking place to combat the plight of the rhino. We have already donated an X-ray machine and an iPad to Dr William Fowlds which are both being used in the treatment of the survivors of poaching attacks and to track the rhinos undergoing treatment.
So far, Medivet have successfully raised over £30,000 through Pennies and their UK tour and, with the help of the wider public, are incredibly hopeful about raising even more awareness and funds to help protect these endangered species.
"The amount of money already raised by staff and clients is a fantastic impetus to our Saving the Rhino campaign. Through our campaign, we’ll be working to get the message out to as many people as we can, to do whatever we can to help save these wonderful animals from extinction." – Medivet Partner John Smithers.
You can support the Medivet Saving the Rhino campaign in various ways…
Everyone has an opportunity to donate a few pence when they pay by card at selected Medivet practices using Pennies, the digital charity box.
Visit your local Medivet practice, by using our online practice finder, to pick up your very own foam #MedivetRhino for a suggested minimum donation of £2, take a creative snapshot of your #MedivetRhino and post it on social media including the hashtag #MedivetRhino.
For the latest World Rhino Day 2015 news, be sure to check the World Rhino Day Facebook page and the newly launched World Rhino Day Twitter, which are both being updated throughout the day by dedicated volunteers.
We would love to hear from you if you have any fundraising activities planned. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you will be up to this World Rhino Day.
Posted September 22, 2015