It’s no longer something in the distant future – it’s officially happening. Nature is declining globally at previously unimagined rates. One million species are careering toward extinction. We are only at the start of Earth’s sixth mass extinction. But it’s not too late.
The UN’s recent biodiversity report says if we commit to change on all levels, nature can still be conserved, restored and used sustainably.
So, what can you do to make a change? How can you help end one of Africa’s most urgent wildlife crises? How do you help save the southern white rhino? It doesn’t mean you have to donate money. One of the best ways to become an active philanthropist and contribute to real change in the world is to volunteer your time. Like many other species, Africa’s rhinos are heading rapidly towards extinction, and it’s going to take more than money if we’re going to save them. They need your help.
“It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” ―Albert Einstein”
THE PLIGHT OF AFRICA’S RHINOS
Every day an average of three rhinos are killed in South Africa by illegal poachers who fuel Asia’s insatiable demand for rhino horn. Approximately 1 000 rhinos die in South Africa alone every year. If we don’t stop this, we will see the last wild rhinos on Earth disappear in this lifetime.
The world is struggling to convince Asian consumers that rhino horn, which is made of keratin like your fingernails, has no medicinal or status value whatsoever. But one man refuses to give up. Despite facing the constant danger of poachers, Wicus Diedericks is doing whatever he can to conserve a small population of Africa’s last remaining wild rhinos.
With his ‘aggressive conservation’ method, he has brought more than 100 rhino calves into the world and, currently protects over 300 Southern White rhinos at Rockwood. But he can’t do it alone.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The rhino project at Rockwood has become so successful that Wicus and his team can no longer do it alone and need help. With so many rhinos to care for, plus the general running of the facility, extra hands are needed desperately. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it will take the world to protect rhinos.
Rockwood is calling on you, the global philanthropist, to volunteer your time and help save the rhino from extinction. By volunteering at Rockwood, you will gain invaluable life experience. Plus, earn the personal reward of being involved in one of the most critical rhino conservation projects in South Africa.
YOUR DAILY VOLUNTEER ROUTINE INCLUDES:
- Feeding rhinos and other animals
- Monitor rhino health with rangers
- Upkeep of rhino camps
- Assist in data collection
- Assist vets
- Provide care for orphaned animals
- Check and maintain camera traps
- Clean and maintain horse stables
- Feed and care for horses
- Grooming and working with foals
- Check and maintain fences and gates
- Provide care and attention for any orphaned or injured animals in our care
OTHER VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- Learn to ride horses and join Rockwood’s rangers in monitoring rhinos on horseback
- Take part in electronic chipping and collecting samples
- Develop activities and lessons for local schools and community engagement
- Photograph and write about events and experiences at Rockwood
- Help capture data onto research database
- At Rockwood, you will get to experience hands-on conservation efforts and be part of making a real difference. So, break out of your comfort zone, live life, embrace your passions and volunteer in Africa.
BECOME A PHILANTHROPIST, VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME.
Rockwood welcomes anyone interested in helping conserve the rhino species. Our doors are open to those who are willing to make a real change, from philanthropists to researchers and conservations. Read more, here.
South Africa’s recently released rhino poaching statistics confirm a drop in the country’s rhino poaching numbers. The numbers reveal a 26% decline from 769 rhinos poached in 2018, to 564 poached in 2019. As the fifth consecutive year to reflect a downward trend in poached rhinos, this is very good news for rhino conservation.
In a significant breakthrough for rhino conservation, scientists have successfully created three northern white rhino embryos. With the last remaining male northern white rhino dying in 2018 and only two critically endangered females left in the world, this is a massive step for the subspecies’ survival. Can the white rhino be saved?
Using your gap year to volunteer for a cause in need is a sure way to find out who you really are. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” So, where do you want to lose yourself? With 1 million species now critically endangered, our wildlife needs all the help it can get.
With over-population and climate change threatening almost all forms of life on Earth today, the list for needy causes is endless. Wildlife volunteering helps out conservations more than the eye can see. But how do you choose which one of the many conservation efforts in South Africa needs your time the most?
Nature is declining globally at previously unimagined rates. One million species are careering toward extinction. How can you help end one of Africa’s most urgent wildlife crises? It doesn’t mean you have to donate financially. One of the best ways to contribute to real change in the world is to volunteer your time.
The three rhino subspecies in Asia, two of which, the Javan and Sumatran rhino, are listed as critically endangered. Estimates put their numbers at fewer than a hundred. The world’s last male northern white rhino died on 20 March 2018. His female and daughter are still alive, but no further breeding is now possible.