Volunteering Saving Ophaned Rhinos in South Africa!

Bethan Bearfoot Start Date: May 25, 2017 - End Date: Sep 24, 2017
  • South Africa

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by: Bethan Bearfoot Start Date: May 25, 2017 - End Date: Sep 24, 2017
Hey to all you generous donators out there! The trip I am embarking on this summer is one of the most exciting and life changing experiences I think anyone could have. On the front line working with orphaned baby Rhinos for 2 Weeks. 

My main reason for wanting to go on this trip is that it is one in a life time experience to really make an impact, working in an effort to conserve such an amazing and beautiful species. Rhino numbers are declining, as poaching of the species has rapidly increased in recent years, an estimated 7137 Rhinos in the last decade in Africa alone! From 2007-2014 the country experienced an exponential rise of poaching, a growth of over 9000% in South Africa. The reason why this is such a worrying figure is the fact that South Africa is home to the largest population of Rhinos in the world, and this is why volunteers in sanctuaries such as the one i will be going to are so important and vital for the species survival for years to come. 

I will be volunteering at a Rhino sanctuary for orphaned baby Rhinos who's mothers have been poached or that have injured trying to survive on their own. The facility provides extensive around the clock care, hand rearing the Rhinos with the aim, where possible to rehabilitate and return them to the wild. Donating to the cause may seem like the easiest option for a lot of people, but these sanctuaries need the volunteers to function and provide the care that the Rhinos so desperately need. 

Any donations to this amazing cause would be very much appreciated!
It is a chance for me to not only help with the conservation of these animals but also an amazing experience to have as I am hoping to train to be a veterinary nurse the following year and this trip would be one of the many experiences that would sculpt my career.
Thanks so much to anyone who donates I'm sure the Rhinos will be very appreciative :)
  • South Africa