Join the fun and help OSCAP outfit another baby rhino ambulance to rescue calves orphaned by poachers.
Each week Ayesha Cantor shares stories and information regarding the Rhino Crisis. We find many of these of great value, this weeks invitation being one of them.
What do Wacky Hats have to do with Rhino Calves?
One of the huge challenges of the rhino crisis is saving the calves when their mother is killed by poachers. First finding them, then catching them, and last, possibly the biggest task, safely transporting traumatized, and frequently injured and dehydrated baby rhino to the nearest rhino rehabilitation center.
Enter the rhino ambulance. As you can imagine such a vehicle is costly. To raise funds to equip these rhino ambulances and in conjunction with World Rhino Day – 22 September 2014 OSCAP is launching a Wacky Hat Selfie Campaign
(100% of your donations go to purchase the items on the wish list below)
How to participate:
- Find/make a Wacky Hat and snap a selfie
- Upload your selfie to social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, include #WackyHatForRhino or email it to Allison
- Make a donation to OSCAP, First National Bank, Acc 62360068962, Branch code 251-345 and reference your donation “AMBULANCE”
- Share your photo with friends and invite 5 people to do the same.
Enter as often as you like, remember to include #WackyHatForRhino for your entries to qualify !
WIN – WIN – WIN
Lots of great “ SAVE THE RHINO “ prizes for the Wackiest Hat pics !
Grand prize of a print, of ‘The Last Rhino Standing’ as in the above collage….it is truly magnificent in real life !
WISH LIST to kit out the rhino ambulances
- First Aid equipment (in case any of the care givers injure themselves)
- Basic toolkit for the generator and trailer
- Tire Irons
- Orange triangles in case of a breakdown
- Portable tire pump
- Two way radios
- Sleeping bags
- Fold away stretcher
- Handheld GPS devices
- Pepper spray
- Portable flood lights
Approximate cost per kit per ambulance: R15 000 (aprox. $1,500)
OSCAP (OUTRAGED SA CITIZENS AGAINST POACHING), is a registered non-profit in South Africa that assists private rhino owners and orphanages/rehab centres with much needed anti-poaching equipment in their fight against poaching. In the recent past they have assisted with tracker dogs, bullet proof vests, camera traps, horn treatments, dehorning treatments and any other equipment that is required out in the field.
More recently they have had Rhino Ambulances manufactured to rescue calves from poaching incidents.
‘’We now have 3 rhino ambulances out in the field and have to equip them to be self-sustainable as sometimes they have to be out for a day or two when required. All too often a calf will run away from their mothers’ carcasses if they are chased by predators. This leaves the calf vulnerable & weak and in need of immediate care when it is found. Sometimes it can take days to find a calf and this requires the team to be out in the bush for extended periods of time.’’ Says Allison Thomson, founder of Oscap.