5 Ways YOU Can Save the Rhinos
Learn how you can help the endangered rhino population for World Rhinoceros Day.
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Sponsor a Rhino
Just $55 can pay to adopt a Sumatran rhino from the WWF. Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, International Rhino Foundation, and Save the Rhino International are just some of the other organizations working to save rhinos, and all offer adoption programs. Helping Rhinos offers adoption opportunities for rhino orphans, or you can sponsor a Black Mamba, the name of the all-women anti-poaching rangers.
Don't Buy Rhino Products
The illegal trade in rhino horns poses the biggest threat to rhinos. Between 2013 and 2017, around 1,000 rhinos were illegally killed each year, compared to 13 in 2007. Some countries, such as Namibia, are now even dehorning their rhinos to protect them poaching, while other projects are working to devalue the horns by contaminating them with dye to reduce incentive to poach them.
Use Sustainable Wood, Paper, and Palm Oil
Purchasing certified sustainable palm oil and FSC-certified forest products helps curb demand for illegal logging and forest conversion, meaning the Sumatran and Javan rhino habitats have a better chance of being protected.
Some national park and wildlife reserves offer volunteering programs, where individuals can apply to join a ranger team to help monitor wildlife and map sightings.
Report Illegal Wildlife Trade
Wildlife Witness is an app that lets anyone, anywhere, anonymously report incidents of illegal wildlife trading. The app also provides tips on how to safely look for and keeps you up to date and educated about the animals you’re protecting