Real Africa is delighted to announce its partnership with conservation charity Save the Rhino International (registered charity 1035072) for 2016-17.
Real Africa will be raising money for programmes supported by Save the Rhino, as well as raising awareness about the plight of rhinos in the wild by attending travel shows and organising special events.
Thank you to everybody who attended our fabulous fundraising event at the Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday 2 November 2016. The explorer, writer and TV presenter Benedict Allen gave a great talk on the Close Encounters he'd experienced during his career, including his close encounter with third rate hitmen in South America! We also heard from Cathy Dean, the director of Save the Rhino, who updated us on the latest news from the front line, and from Daryll Pleasants who trains the anti-poaching dogs that are proving so effective in the campaign against poaching.
Over £3,000 was raised through this very enjoyable occasion and our campaigns reached over 100,000 people via Social Media promoting Save the Rhino.
Many thanks to our speakers, our volunteers and to our very special guest, who lives nearby, who attended in a private capacity to support us.
Enter our #RealRhinos Raffle to win a Rhino Conservation Safari
Raffle tickets are available to buy for £1 each or £5 per book from all the shows and events we attend. You can find out more about the raffle and the prizes on offer here.
Shop at the Real World Store
Whether you buy a Tshirt, a pendant, a cuddly toy or a bag of Strong Rhino coffee, your purchase results in a donation to Save the Rhino. We have special stock available to buy at the shows and events we attend, and a limited selection available online.
Visit us at one of the following shows:
The Telegraph Travel Show 13-15 January 2017
Destinations London 2-5 February 2017
Book a 'rhino conservation' safari with Real Africa
See conservation firsthand, for instance on our Borana Rhino Conservation safari. You can join the anti-poaching unit as they go on a deployment, or meet the Dog Squad working to protect rhinos at Lewa. If you visit; at Ol Pejeta you can meet the last three surviving Northern White Rhinos; at Gondwana in South Africa find out about the rhino breeding project or visit the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre at Shamwari.
In addition to arranging special experiences and activities during your safari holiday, the Real Africa Trust also makes a £50 donation to Save the Rhino on behalf of every client booking one of our special rhinos safaris.
Get social & spread the word. Use #RealRhinos - click here to like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
50% of Real Africa’s fundraising will support Save the Rhino International’s core funds which enables them to collaborate with partners to support endangered rhinos in both Africa and Asia. They do this through a range of activities including anti-poaching and monitoring patrols, community conservation, environmental education programmes and behaviour change campaigns to reduce the demand for rhino horn.
· £19 could buy a pair of canvas boots for a ranger
· £100 could pay for a public awareness event in Vietnam
50% of Real Africa’s fundraising will be restricted to the Rhino Dog Squad - Kenya’s anti-poaching canine units working to protect rhinos in Ol Jogi, Ol Pejeta, Lewa and Borana Conservancies. The dogs have three key roles: tracker dogs trained to pick up the scent of poachers; patrol dogs trained to hold suspected poachers; and scent dogs trained to detect firearms and rhino horn at key transport hubs. These dogs are the rhinos’ new best friends. Real Africa’s support for the Rhino Dog Squads will help these canine units keep rhinos safe in the wild.
· £1,000 could pay for a vet to treat a black rhino who has been shot by a poacher
· £7 could feed a dog for a week
· £100 could buy a medical kit containing life-saving equipment for handlers and dogs
· £468 could buy a bite suit essential for dog training
About Save the Rhino International
Vision: for all five rhino species to thrive in the wild for future generations.
Mission: collaborating with partners to support endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.
Strategies: to conserve viable populations of rhinos in the wild by:
• Raising funds to protect and increase rhino numbers and population distribution
• Facilitating exchange of technical support and information between rhino conservation stakeholders
• Ensuring local communities in key rhino areas benefit from conserving rhino
• Developing and delivering behaviour-change campaigns to reduce demand for rhino horn
• Raising global awareness of the need for urgent action on rhino conservation.
Rhinos in Africa
Due to the current escalating poaching crisis, rhinos are facing extinction in the wild in just 10 years. Already, in Africa, the critically endangered black rhino population has been hard hit with less than 5,000 remaining in the wild. There are around 20,000 Southern White Rhinos remaining, but the Northern White has been wiped out in the wild with only three of the species remaining, protected by 24 hour armed rangers at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Sudan, the last surviving male is pictured at the top of this page, photographed by Sara, who visited him in May 2016.
To find out more about the work of Save the Rhino please click here