A South African Student’s Plea to Save Her Country’s Rhino

Kirsten Everett, begs her country folk and the world help save the Rhinos from extinction due to poaching.

“I want to help save rhino. What can I do?” Questions like this arrive at NIKELA quite frequently. This last week we responded to Kirsten, a high school student in South Africa, and invited her to write for us.

Kirsten’s plea to save the rhino…

Currently people from all over the world come to South Africa to see “The Big 5” (the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and the rhino.) But soon there may only be a Big 4.

The rhino is being hunted by poachers and its numbers are decreasing every 11 hours in South Africa alone. If this carries on then this majestic animal that has already roamed the Earth for approximately 30 million years will be extinct in a very short time.

If we as the people of Southern Africa cannot find it within ourselves to help and save a species that is so much a part of our very own heritage, then how can we expect other countries to help us to fight the poaching that is stripping this land of these wonderful beings.

What are we going to say to our descendants when they point to a picture of a rhino and ask what happened to it?

What are we going to say when they ask us what we did in order to try and prevent this?

It is our generation’s responsibility to find a way to stop this merciless and greedy killing. We shouldn’t want to bare the blame for the extinction of this majestic species.

It is our responsibility to stand up and educate the people out there on the reality rather than perceived value of these horns which are cruelly sawn off. They have no medicinal properties whatsoever!

We need to make sure that all Southern Africans as well as “the Asian market” know that the rhino horns are made up of keratin which is the same substance that makes up our fingernails and hair. We are in charge of protecting our animals!!! We need to reduce the demand for rhino horns and SAVE the White rhino and Black rhino.

If these animals have roamed the Earth for so much longer than us then what gives us the right to torture and steal from them?

The truth is nothing gives us the right to harm these wonderful beings for such a stupid reason!

We as the people of the world need to stop being on the side-lines of this problem.

We must realize that if we do not show these poachers that we will not tolerate them maltreating our animals without a fight. Because, when, there are no rhino left they could begin to target another species in South Africa, like our largest land mammal, the elephant.

We all need to show the poachers out there that we have the power with collective action and determination to put them behind bars. We must set out a proper example for our generation then we may just have the opportunity to free ourselves of them and save the rhinos.

We have the power to stand up and use all our resources, as every little snippet of information counts.

We cannot do it alone. We need your help.

We do not want the world to watch as the big 5 loses one of its treasures.

Every success starts with a single step. Let that be yours.

If you care to join Kirsten in her quest to help save the rhino click the donation button and give what you can. 100% of your gift will go to our Save the Last Rhino project.

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10 Responses to A South African Student’s Plea to Save Her Country’s Rhino

  1. Jenna Nunes March 20, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    AMAZING and so true!!!!

  2. Lynn Morkel March 21, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Well done, Kirsten, for speaking up! If everyone would take the time to shout out about these issues, the sound would carry and we would be heard.Come on, politicians; put some power into the voices of everyday people like Kirsten. And how about donations from those who benefit so much from the tourism in this country?

    • Wildlife Margrit April 4, 2013 at 9:15 am #

      Thanks Lynn, and agreed

  3. Christina :) March 21, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Thank you for getting people involved and for getting involved yourself! xx

    • Wildlife Margrit March 21, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Thanks Christina for your kind words.

  4. Robyn Stark March 24, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    Thanks for telling everyone what the people of South Africa are too scared to say! Its scary how true it is!
    Behind you aways
    Thanks xx

    • Wildlife Margrit March 25, 2013 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks so very much for your support Robyn

  5. bidninja April 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Please tell me it worked right? I dont would like to sumit it once more if i do not have to! Either the blog glitced out or i am an idiot, the second alternative doesnt surprise me lol. thanks in your good blog!

    • Wildlife Margrit April 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

      It worked :) thanks Bidninja

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