Photo Credit: Geran Ellish/ Shamwari Safaris
There are only approximately 29,000 rhinos in the wild today and most of them live in South Africa. According to the Wilderness Foundation, 448 rhinos were poached in 2011. To fight against this, the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative was launched in 2011. It is an international campaign to raise awareness and stop black market horn trafficking. Shamwari Safaries in South Africa is another conservation group, built on protection and education of the African wildlife. Three Shamwari Group properties have raised $7 million African Rand, which is more than $650,000, for the Forever Wild Campaign since 2012. In the United States, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has built the world’s most successful captive rhino breeding program. Their interactive safaris allow people to see rhinos up close and even feed the babies. This takes “raising awareness” to a personal level which will hopefully inspire many people to help save this magnificent animal.
More information on Forever Wild’s conservation efforts can be found at Forever Wild. To sign the anti-ivory pledge, go to 96 Elephants.