Today is World Rhino Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness around the dire plight of our beloved horned herbivores.
Since the ‘Rhino War’ against poaching began a decade ago, says Netwerk24, more than 6 000 rhinos have been illegally hunted in South Africa alone.
In various parts of the world – most notably in Asian nations – rhino horn is considered a form of alternative medicine, even though there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support any such claims.
It’s used as an aphrodisiac, and more recently, horns have become status symbols, expensive mantelpieces that grotesquely boast wealth.
South Africa’s government has often been slow to report rhino poaching stats, hindering the war against poachers and their buyers abroad, but various organisations continue to fight the good fight both at home and overseas.
All species of rhino are incredibly beautiful and incredibly unique – it’d be an absolute tragedy to let them fade away into obscurity, all because of some erectile dysfunction.
So – how can you help? It’s so easy – just spread the word: rhinos need our help! Raise awareness by visiting Save the Rhino on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to share every post you can find. The organisation also accepts donations.
If that’s not enough for you, go out and visit any of the hundreds of game reserves scattered across SA. Private and government reserves alike use your accommodation fees to protect their wild rhino by giving them safe and secure habitats.
Do your part this World Rhino Day!