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Will Celebs Make a Difference for Rhinos and Elephants?

With the virtual genocide of elephants and rhinos, more celebrities are speaking out. Will their clout help turn the tides? As we approach the international march for global awareness (Oct 4), we take a moment to thank all the celebs who are speaking out!

Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis






Kristin puts her acting on the back burner to save elephants.


Richard Branson

Richard Branson






Richard’s message on saving the rhino


Paul Mccartney

Paul McCartney






Paul’s guitar is auctioned off to save elephants


Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn






Olivia urges the boycott of circuses to stop elephant abuse


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Bear Grylls






Bear is an advocate for Helping Rhinos/Fight for Rhinos


Jacki Chan

Jacki Chan






Jackie’s PSA on saving rhinos


Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder




Ian’s foundation helps all wildlife, including rhinos and elephants.


Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley





Christie creates awareness by speaking out against rhino and elephant poaching.



Prince William

Prince William






Will advocates for rhinos.


Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton






Chelsea is working to save the elephants


Yao Ming

Yao Ming






Yao is a spokesman in China for saving the rhino and elephants


David Beckham

David Beckham






David teamed up with Yao Ming and Prince William in a PSA to save rhino and elephants.


Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep






Meryl helped urge New Jersey to pass the ban on ivory


Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais






Ricky is a supporter of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos


celeb 3 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio






Leo is a busy man, speaking up for rhinos, elephants, climate change AND making 2 movies about poaching.


Celeb 5 Billy Joel

Billy Joel






Billy supports the NY ivory ban.

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Darkest Before the Dawn

It is all too easy to get lost in frustration and despair in the war for rhinos. Each life means so much, and each death weighs heavy in the heart, BUT each victory is just as significant.

My gift to all of you this holiday season: HOPE.

mama and little one rhinoThere is reason to believe we can bring the rhino back from the threat of extinction. We can stabilize the population, control the poaching.

#1-Thanks to programs that transform poachers to rangers like what  AfricanParks  has done in the Congo,  minds are changing. (see: Second Chances: Success in the Congo)

#2-Community incentives that give people a reason to be invested in their own wildlife and rewarded for that investment, like in Zimbabwe (see: Zimbabwe Leads the Way)

#3-Zoos have a new role in conservation, through in-depth scientific analysis (of rhino dung) they have learned more successful methods of breeding rhinos including use of artificial insemination. (see: Rhino Dung Research)

#4-There is a plethora of technology being integrated into the war on poaching (drones, microchips, poison injections into the horn,etc.)

#5-Awareness is spreading! The elephant poaching billboard in times square was a huge endeavor (see: The Elephant in Times Square). Ad campaigns in China and Vietnam, and education in Africa are helping. There has also been increased celebrity involvement (Leonardo Dicaprio, Prince William, Yao Ming,  Jackie Chan,etc. )

#6-The US is increasing involvement in wildlife trafficking with President Obama taking a stand, pledging funds to anti-poaching efforts in Africa and creating the anti-poaching Task Force.

#7-There is now military involvement in Kenya from the British paratroopers, helping to train rangers. (see: British Paratroopers Train..)

#8-South Africa has stepped up military involvement in the parks. (see: War on Poachers Intensifies)

#9-All of the people on the ground who work tirelessly from the rangers at the parks working to protect the rhino,  to the the Rhino Orphanage and other groups who rehabilitate the orphans after a poaching,  to the veterinary staff and the behind the scenes organizations who work to fund all of it.

With numbers as low as 50 left in the wild in the early 1900s, the southern white rhino has now increased to over 20,000 and has become the most populous of all the rhino species.

Large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 65,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,300 in 1993. Thanks to the persistent efforts of conservation programs across Africa black rhino numbers have risen since the early 1990s to a current population of 5,055.

We CAN do this.

Dr William Fowlds, DVM in South Africa is seeing a difference.

The international momentum against wildlife trafficking is starting to rattle some sabers. I can’t say the same for our corrupt systems and poor political competence. However, there is a groundswell of positives even in SA and we have to simply keep going. If we put ourselves on the line, we will turn this tragedy around.”

So please don’t give up! Fight for them!
You can join the fight and help greatly by donating to Fight for Rhinos.

RhinoLargeDONATE  $20 usd in someone’s name for the holidays and we will send them a certificate congratulating them for their contribution to the survival of the rhinos.

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.  ~Lin Yutang

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Taking up the War on Poaching

We know him from “Titanic”, “Shutter Island” and recently “The Great Gatsby”. But Leonardo DiCaprio has taken on an even bigger role: wildlife and environmental advocate. He has been raising awareness and tackling issues from climate change to rhino and elephant poaching for about 15 years.

In 1998 he started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which focuses on wildlife and habitat preservation, healthy oceans, climate leochange and disaster relief. Through the foundation, he is involved in grant making, campaigning and media projects. He encourages collaboration between organizations and other celebrities. In 2007 he co-produced “The 11th Hour”, a short film bringing attention to the state of the environment.

 In a 2008 interview DiCaprio stated “We need to be the ones to set an example for the rest of the world. We are  the leading consumers, the biggest producers of waste around the world and,  unless we’re the ones to set an example for less industrialized countries, how  is the rest of the world going to follow? If you’d ask any environmentalist  about George Bush’s policies on the environment, he gets close to an F.”

In addition, he in involved on the board for the WWF (World Wildlife Foundation), and for the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).

Recently he, along with Edward Norton and Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) participated in a Twitter storm to spread the word about rhino and elephant poaching. Their combined efforts helped the Zoological Society of London to win the Google Global Impact award. The $500,000 grant will plant cameras with sensors in the poaching hotspots across parts of South Africa. The prediction is with the cameras, poaching in Tsavo National Park alone will be reduced by 50% in two years.

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DiCaprio was recently greenlighted to do two separate films with Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy; one will take on poaching. The anti-poaching drama will be similar to “Traffic”, showing multiple characters and storylines showing the impact of poaching, from the ground war in Africa to animal material being used in fashion houses in Paris. The other film will focus on illegal animal smuggling in Africa.

“It’s interesting because, all this inevitably boils down to a publicity game  for the planet and what’s good for the place we live in.”

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