With One Zest, we will give you the tools to make a difference, we can point you to companies and brands that are “rhino approved”, on top of the ones listed above! One Zest can also help spread the word with our app, and reach more people like you.
Last time I posted, I talked about South Africa, more specifically Cape Town.
Today I am staying in South Africa and will talk about the wildlife aspect of this beautiful nation. More specifically, it’s rhinos. Like in most safaris destination, one of the key parts of the wildlife tourism is the “Big Five” game. The “Big Five” term was initially coined by big game hunters and refers to the five most dangerous animals to hunt on foot: elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalos, and leopards. They are certainly the most exciting and beautiful wildlife to observe.
Most of them are endangered. But rhinos, they are in serious trouble. According to one of the leading organizations for the protection of rhinos, by the end of 2016, 1,054 rhinos had been killed by poachers in South Africa alone, slaughtered for their horns. Anti-poaching units are working really hard in parks and reserves to protect them but they often lack proper tools and funding. And Black Rhinos are now CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. At One Zest, we are determined to protect them. And here are some steps you can easily take from the comfort of your home.
First, and foremost, learn about it, and get educated! Once you know about the subject, you become more involved in it, and you can help spread this with other people. Here are some websites worth looking at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/black-rhino, https://www.savetherhino.org, https://rhinos.org.
The second step is to take action and help those organizations raise enough funds. You can for example donate money, “adopt a rhino” which is quite cool. Or find brands and companies that support this cause. Rhino.org has partnered with the following brands, which should give you a good clue as to what companies to support.
I will never forget when I first saw them. We had been looking for days, and we were on our last drive at Motswari (in Timbavati Reserve) and then, all of a sudden over the radio, we get a call saying that a crash (a group of rhinos) had been spotted at a corner of the reserve. When we caught sight of them, I kid you not, I stopped being able to breathe for a few seconds. They were so peaceful and majestic. Later, when we were heading back, we saw two anti-poaching guards, on bicycles, and I was devastated to be informed, that just 2 weeks ago there had been an incident where a mother and a baby had been killed over by the border of the reserve and the Kruger. It just really highlighted how fragile these beautiful creatures were, and how much we needed to protect them.
Hope you guys have a great day and enjoyed my rhino post
M.C., One Zest advisor, Gen Z acquisition