Save the Rhino Day

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Sunday 1st May marks a very special day in which people all across the world will show their support for rhino conservation – Save the Rhino Day! 

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.

Save the Rhino Day is celebrated on 1st May 2016 and it draws attention to the plight of the rhino in the wild. 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 falsely advertised 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.

Rhino are the world’s most critically threatened and endangered mega-herbivores, which means they are both charismatic creatures as well as large, plant eating mammals. We need them to be alive if we ever stand a chance of caring for the world’s remaining natural landscapes. This is both from a physical perspective because of their natural role in managing the vegetation, but also because it would be so much harder to draw people into the wilderness areas without them. Visitors, after all, fund conservation.

If we lose the rhino, we lose one of the most important parts of the global conservation effort.

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 we, Medivet, have joined forces with Dr William Fowlds and the Wilderness Foundation in their quest to protect wild rhinos through our Medivet Saving the Rhino campaign.

So far, our staff and clients have successfully raised over £150,000 through Pennies, the digital charity box, and various fundraising events!

Whilst this is a fantastic amount of money, there is so much more that needs to be done and the work on the ground is only one part of the fight. That’s why, through our Medivet Saving the Rhino campaign, we are supporting a number of ongoing initiatives which include rhino rescue and rehabilitation, dog training to detect poachers and protect rhinos, public education and awareness campaigns, and stricter laws and ethics.

How can you help?

You can support the Medivet Saving the Rhino campaign in various ways…

Give a few pennies

Everyone has an opportunity to donate a few pence when they pay by card at selected Medivet practices using Pennies, the digital charity box.

Purchase a foam rhino

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.

All participants will be entered into our prize draw to win a fantastic African safari trip of a lifetime. You can also check our album on our Medivet Facebook page for inspiration!  

Get social

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word about wildlife crime and use the hashtag #MedivetRhino to stay updated.

For the latest Save the Rhino Day news, be sure to check the Save the Rhino Day Facebook page or follow the #SaveTheRhinoDay hashtag.

We would love to hear from you if you have any fundraising activities planned. Simply email marketing@medivet.co.uk to let us know what you will be up to this Save the Rhino Day.  

Posted April 22, 2016 by Cara Zaleski in Press

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