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Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival

Bear Grylls Survival Race

Bear Grylls is giving you the chance to prove that you have the same survivor instincts that he does by participating in a 10k survival race that he personally designed with his team.

This unique event is designed to test and develop your tenacity and adventurous spirit. It is a tough race requiring both physicality and courage. Bear and his team have ensured there is a minimum of 35+ obstacles to challenge racers along the course which will include a series of mud runs, obstacle races and survival challenges.

For more info see Bear Grylls Survival Race website.

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The Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival Heat

Bear is passionate about saving the world’s rhinos from extinction and dedicates a lot of his time to this cause. To honour his passion for this cause, Bear has dedicated one of the 10k Survival Race heats to raise funds and awareness for the rhinos. This heat is called the “Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival” and will have exactly the same rules, regulations and obstacles as all the other 10k heats. There are only 400 tickets available for this exclusive heat, which is open to anyone over the age of 14.

By way of thanking you for choosing to race for the rhino, we have arranged for The Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival heat to be one of only three heats which will be started by Bear himself. In addition, the entry to this heat only is free for those who raise a minimum of £150 for the plight of the rhino. The funds raised will be split between four rhino charities working together to combat the poaching problem;  Tusk, Helping Rhinos, Rooting for Rhino and Wilderness Foundation.

For more info and to support our friends at Helping Rhinos : Bear Grylls Race for Rhino Survival


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March On..

4 October 2014

Saturday is THE day. I truly hope you will ALL be marching. It requires a small amount of time and effort, but worth every second and ounce. We owe this to our planet, our future, our animals.

Times, cities, and exact locations are available at

          “There are two ways of spreading light…to be the candle or be the mirror that reflect it.”

mom and baby white in grass

“The revolution is not the apple that falls when it’s ripe, you have to make it fall”

elephant with baby

 “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it, is really cooperating with it.”

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The Year Ahead: 2014 Starting with a Bang

ffr and helping rhinoBeginning January 1st, US based Fight for Rhinos will be teaming up with UK based Helping Rhinos. We will be coming together to unify efforts in our battle to save the rhinos.

Since poaching is not a singular issue, Helping Rhinos supports multiple campaigns including:

*Reserve Protections Agency

*Game Reserves United

*Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy

*South African National Parks (SANParks)  (Helping Rhinos is the only UK charity to be partnering with them)

It is our belief that the way of progress lies in organizations working together to support funds, ideas, and programs in order to have the best chance at success with rhino conservation.

We look forward to sharing the success stories and bringing tangible benefits of our partnership with you in 2014 and beyond!

rhino duo in sun

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Beautiful Pembe

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This beautiful fabric painting was created by Karen Moorhouse. Her inspiration, Pembe, is the baby rhino born at  the Colchester Zoo in the UK. Her name means “horn” in swahili.

The intricate symbolism is as follows:

Bees: Refer to research which has shown that bees can be trained to detect substances like rhino horn, which can help curb poaching. Bees can be taught to associate the rhino smell with sugar water and have a powerful sense of smell. They are easier and cheaper to transport to border posts where they can be used to detect smuggled rhino horn.

Bow-arrow: The hunter (originates from the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert expressing daily routines on rock art) represents the past needs for hunting for survival purposes. Nowadays hunting is no longer necessary and therefore the hunter aims outward.

Warthogs: Represents a wider perspective of other animals living in harmony within an ecosystem.

Ants: Ants are known to be hard workers and emphasize team work and cooperation between humans and nature.

Daisy: The daisy is iconic of Britain, and the presence of the daisy in the design therefore links to a female rhino to Britain.

UK flag in zebra stripes: Demonstrates the UK’s contribution towards conservation.

Dung beetles: Scientists demonstrated that dung beetles use the Milky Way’s band of light in the night sky as a compass. The Milky Way is a constant in the night sky and therefore very dependable.

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What is Overshoot Day?

Worried about our national debt? How about our wildlife debt? We’re living on borrowed time, using resources at an unsustainable rate. It will catch up to us.

This week WWF celebrated Earth Overshoot Day, a.k.a. Ecological Debt Day. Turning resources into waste faster than waste can be turned back into resources puts us in global ecological overshoot, depleting the very resources on which human life and biodiversity depend. Celebrating this day marks the exhaustion of nature’s budget for the year.

The Ecological Debt is calculated by dividing the amount of natural resources produced by Earth annually (world biocapacity) by humanity’s consumption of Earth’s natural resources annually (world ecological footprint) multiplied by 365 or (world biocapacity/ world Ecological Footprint) X 365.

The following countries have already exceeded their biological capacity:

china footprint

CHINA’S Ecological Footprint

south africa

SOUTH AFRICA’S Ecological Footprint

united states footprint

The UNITED STATES Ecological Footprint

UK footprint

The UK’S Ecological Footprint

(For other countries ecological footprints go to Footprints by Nation.)

What does this mean? We’re living on borrowed time.

*African elephants could be gone by 2020.

*Rhinos will be gone by 2026.

*Tigers could be extinct in 12 years.

*9 out of 10 predatory fish in our oceans are almost gone.

*Population growth is expected to cause an energy crisis by 2030.

*Half of the world’s population could face severe food shortages by the end of this century.

*Our rainforests may be gone in 100 years.

Overshoot Day is not just about doom and gloom, it’s a wake-up call. Not all damage can be undone, but we can stop do what you canit here. We can’t afford to be infinite consumers anymore. It’s not a luxury to recycle, and it’s not a “hippie” attitude to go green. Our survival depends on it.

There IS hope! Since 2009, countries representing 80% of global emissions have made economy-wide pledges of action. Economically,  global investment in renewable energies  outstripped fossil fuels for the first time last year. There are programs like REDD ( ‘reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation’) being implemented across the globe.

Overshoot day originally began on December 19. This year it was August 20.  If we don’t stop devouring our resources, Overshoot Day will continue to come earlier and earlier every year. Whatever your cause, your purpose, your “thing” –  it’s imperative we ALL work together to keep our planet, to save ourselves.


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