With the continuously growing threat of poaching, land degradation and hunting we see that in our current world we are losing many cherished and beautiful creatures. Over the course of human history countless animals have lost their prominence within their habitat and are now gone. One such organisation that aims to prevent the extinction of such animals are Rhinos Without Borders. Rhinos Without Borders aims to preserve and protect rhinos within Africa – alone in 2014 1,215 rhinos were killed in Africa due to high and increasing levels of poaching. Rhinos Without Borders has taken a stand and has begun their mission in protecting such an important species.
Who are Rhinos Without Borders?
Rhinos Without Borders was established in 2015 and was formed in a dual effort by AndBeyond and Great Plains Conservation to preserve rhinos within Southern Africa. Rhinos Without Borders aims to move rhinos from South Africa which has extremely high poaching levels to Botswana which is a country that has little to virtually no poaching at all due to their ‘no tolerance’ policy. They have committed themselves to working towards the safe transportation of 100 rhinos which will in the future aid in the preservation of the species.
By moving the rhino population away from high levels of poaching Rhinos Without Borders hope that the general rhino population will rise in the safe haven. Rhinos Without Borders will continuously help in the fight against extinction to protect an animal that people all over the world treasure.
By transporting rhinos across the border into a much safer country for them, we all hope to see them flourish in their new habit and establish a new home in Botswana, in doing this the population of rhinos will be able to rise which greatly increases their survival for the future. The trouble is that transporting a Rhino is extremely expensive and thats why Rhinos Without Borders need all our help.
Rhinos are essentially hunted for their horns which can go for around $100,000 per kilo. Many in Vietnam believe that properties within the horn can cure cancer and hangovers. Because of the high demand for the horn more rhinos are being hunted due to the vast amounts of money that they hold. Below is a figure from The Atlantic which shows the drastic rise in the hunt for rhinos.
In 2012 688 rhinos were killed and from then the number has continued to rise – all because of wealth. Millionaires have been forged out of this supposedly banned trade, however the numbers of millionaires within Vietnam has risen drastically and with that the demand for horn within the quickly developing Vietnamese economy cannot keep up with the supply. As population also rises in Vietnam more people are developing cancer with an estimated new 150,000 cases per year. Also as of 2010 Vietnam only had 25 radiotherapy machines which means people cannot be treated in some cases which further implements a situation in which the prised rhino horn is needed.
Rhinos Without Borders may be far from the South East Asian trade however that doesn’t mean that rhinos from Africa aren’t being sent to ‘the highest bidder’. That not the only issue for Rhinos Without Borders however, the extinction of rhinos could also drastically effect something else.
Rhinos Without Borders isn’t just saving rhinos however, they’re saving the eco system from a vital breakdown. The rhino has been a part of African environments for thousands of years and if they go extinct then we may see a natural unbalance in the ecosystems of Africa. So by protecting a preserving the rhino population we can keep African in perfect balance.
We also must remember that rhinos are not just species in African, but all over the world, the Sumatran and Javan Rhino like the Black Rhino are classified as critically endangered by WWF. This means that if we can save one species we can save them all. Sumatran and Javan rhinos face other threats besides poaching, logging and deforestation pose as high threats to these rhinos and could drive them to the point of extinction.
By transporting a rhino from South Africa to Botswana the total price is an estimated USD $45,000 and the total cost of the whole project is USD 4.5 million (which includes the security and monitoring of the rhinos), and simply they can’t fund that on their own. If we all can help with the project then Rhinos Without Borders can achieve their goal and we as humans can be one step closer to saving our planet. We must think about our future, for our children and grandchildren for those are the ones that will suffer if we can’t make the right decisions. If you would like to donate to Rhinos Without Borders then you can here.
Rhinos Around The World
Many other organisations around the world are looking to aid in the fight against extinction some of which include Helping Rhinos, Save the Rhino and Baby Rhino Rescue. All the organisations are fighting towards a common goal – saving rhinos. The influx of awareness for all endangered species is just amazing to see in our world though, with more people working against the problem then we can solve it.
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