As you know, we are passionate about wildlife – it was one of the driving forces behind our decision to explore Africa. We are also very concerned about the plight of rhinos in Africa. We were incredibly fortunate on our adventure to see rhino in the wild. It was a magical experience, and one that we hope the coming generations will enjoy.
So, to celebrate the launch of our new online shop (where you can buy our recently published book) we are turning May into Rhino Month.
During the month of May, we will donate all proceeds from our book sales to Botswana Rhino Reintroduction & Monitoring Project, which is one of many projects run by Wilderness Wildlife Trust. We have been researching potential projects to support for a long time, and this project is consistently proving its success.
In addition, we are putting our money where our mouthes are (so to speak): we will add an additional US$2.50 for every book that you buy. We are that committed to helping save rhinos. We hope you are too.
Our target for May is US$1,000 which is just over 130 books.
We know that with your help we can reach our target.
Actually, we’d like to be even more ambitious – we’d really like to see if we reach US$1,500 which would be an awesome 200 books sold. So we’ll keep matching with US$2.50 until we reach 200 books.
So now, it is over to you:
Please go to our shop and buy a copy of the book for US$5.95 / £3.94 / ZAR72 / €5.31.
If you already have a copy, consider purchasing another copy as your proceeds are supporting a worthy cause.
And then tell all your friends and family about our initiative and encourage them to buy a copy of the book too.
Since the project’s first reintroductions, under this joint programme, of white and black rhino into the Okavango Delta in October 2001 and November 2003 respectively, populations of both species have grown and the country has proven its credentials in being able to provide a safe habitat for these charismatic and dramatically threatened species.
Following the next phase of translocations – valued at well over R7 million (approx. £400K / US$600K) – the project will have moved nearly 1% of the continent’s remaining black rhino population to Botswana, the success of which has already been measured in the number of calves born in the wild. (Please note that specific figures and locations are not mentioned in order to avoid drawing unwelcome illicit attention and to ensure the ongoing safety and security of the rhino.)
Once released into the wild, the rhino are constantly monitored by Wilderness Safaris’ Rhino Monitoring Officers, the Botswana Defence Force, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks’ specialised Anti-Poaching Unit and officers of Rhino Conservation Botswana, in order to ensure that they are not exposed to any potential threats.
source: Botswana Rhino Reintroduction & Monitoring Project website. Please visit their website for lots more information on this successful project.