There is always an overwhelming amount of “doom and gloom” in the war on rhino poaching. The numerous articles about the corruption, the short or non-existent jail time for poachers, shootouts between rangers and poachers, and of course the dreaded death toll; watching it climb, holding your breath when you turn on the computer, praying it somehow hasn’t gone up; it can bring a soul to the depth of despair.
It is the reality. It is life and death, day in and day out for our rhinos. It is not going to get better tomorrow or next week. But the hope is it WILL get better.
Some of you occasionally comment about feeling discouraged, and ask how you can help. My answer is: “Don’t give up. The rhinos need us.”
It may seem bleak at times, it’s a hard battle to be a part of, but without you, me and the countless conservation groups, veterinary staff, ranches, rangers, and advocates, where would they be? The poachers and politicians would have decimated them long ago.
The motto of Fight for Rhinos is “Endelea Kupigana“. It is Swahili for “Keep Fighting”.
I will never give up on them, but I can’t do this without all of you.
Here is how you can help-
Support Rhinos & Rangers: the campaign
Very shortly, Fight for Rhinos will be selling t-shirts. The profit will benefit the Fight for Rhinos/ Helping Rhinos field projects. (see: How We Help)
In addition, we want to help lift the morale of our rangers in Kenya Wildlife Services. (The amount of frustration we feel is a fraction of what they face on the ground-they LIVE it!) For every 5 shirts sold, we will send one to the KWS rangers. We’d like to send as many as we can!
The campaign will only be available for 3 short weeks.
Please keep your eye out for our release. Helping rhinos, rangers, and getting a cool shirt-you can’t lose!