Many great ideas are already published (sources pls. find below). We have just put them together and complemented by some own ones:
1. Get educated and stay informed about the facts!
Read about rhinos. Watch rhino videos and documentaries online. Communicate with others who are working to save rhinos and learn from them. Understand what is happening in order to take better action and to have the credibility to influence others.
2. Spread the word! Rhino horn is NOT medicine!
Add your own ideas to this list and share it broadly.
Talk to your family and friends (not only on social media), blog, sign petitions, communicate with decision makers directly. Share video clips, photos or messages on rhino protection via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube or other social networks.
Share and forward any emails or newspaper articles regarding rhinos with everyone you know. The more people are talking about it, the more people are doing something about it, the more chances are that the rhinos can be saved.
3. Make the rhino alive and ‘worth’ saving!
Compile photos and video clips of rhinos to share, encourage friends to do the same. To make the rhino more real and alive and ‘worth’ saving.
4. Identify with the rhino I!
Use a lovely rhino photo as your profile pic on any social media platform: Facebook, whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram etc. Change your status into a statement for rhinos.
5. Identify with the rhino II!
Make “Save the Rhino” part of your signature. Okay, not on official papers, but e.g. when you sign credit card receipts, send emails, write letters etc.
6. Participate in #RhinoFridays!
Join other rhino advocates all over the world and make every Friday a #RhinoFriday, e.g. by wearing ‘Save the Rhino’ type T-shirts, and then talking to people about it,
by getting all class mates to send a postcard to President Zuma etc.
7. Reach out to the media!
Write to the editors of newspapers, call into talk radio shows about the dramatic rhino poaching crisis.
8. Regularly email or fax South Africa’s President Zuma!
Telling him politely how you feel - even if all you say is ‘Please Save the Rhino’
President Zuma Contact Details
Fax: +27 (0)12 323 8246
or you can write a letter to:
9. Get your kids and friends (schools) to send postcards to the President (preferably on red card)
10. Get the school involved!
Are you in school, or your kids? Write a report, an essay or a poem about rhinos, and share it when the teacher has seen it. Ask the teacher to make it a topic in the classroom. (Links with educational tool kits please find above)
11. Start a school club!
If you are in school, or your kids, initiate a rhino study group to share knowledge and ideas about the plight of rhinos and what can be done to ensure their survival into the future.
12. Create rhino art!
Encourage your school or social group, art group etc. to start a project like making a life sized rhino out of paper-mache/wire etc. Possibly in conjunction with a prominent business, your local radio station etc. Have the rhino on display outside a school, in front of a highly visible shopping centre (with their permission) etc.
13. Be a rhino team at any sport event!
Whenever you or your family and friends participate in a sporting event like fun runs/walks, cycling events, triathlons etc. call yourselves the team ‘rhino’, wear rhino T-shirts, have a rhino mascot etc.
14. Adopt a rhino orphan!
e.g. with ‘the Rhino Orphanage’ http://therhinoorphanage.co.za/donate-adopt-a-rhino-calf
or the ‘Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage’ https://www.helpingrhinos.org/adopt-a-rhino-orphan/
, both in South Africa. It’s a great gift idea as well!
15. Support rhino conservation and anti-poaching!
Organisations (like ‘OSCAP’ www.oscap.co.za or xxx) and individuals who work also on the ground to conserve and protect rhinos urgently need support. Unfortunately conservation of the rhino and its environment is expensive and a long term investment.
Be careful: not all are legitimate, please make a proper research. Please check the internet for more information about the different projects.
16. Volunteer for your favorite rhino conservation organisation!
Letter writing, blog posting, online conversations and many more activities need to be done.
17. Organise a fundraising event for rhinos!
Some ideas: birthday party, toy sale, unwanted gifts, movie night
18. Get travel agencies involved!
Share your concern with local travel agencies who do safari tours, invite them to write letters to the South African Government.
19. Get local zoos and wildlife conservation organisations involved!
Contact them in your countries, invite them to get their members involved writing letters to the South African Government.
20. When at a game park: Be vigilant!
Report suspicious behaviour, keep your eyes and ears open.
Be careful who you tell about the rhino you saw on your game drive. Don’t post rhino sightings on the game sighting boards.
21. When at a game park: Be careful about sharing photos on social media!
They can lead poachers to the rhino. Turn off the geotag function and do not disclose where the photo was taken.
If you want to help the rhinos on a spiritual level, here is a prayer by world-renowned animal communicator Anna Breytenbach http://www.animalspirit.org/
, that you can say or hold the spirit of the prayer in your mind and heart:
“Rhinos are ancient and wise, and have a rightful place on earth. They survive in the wild through patience, silence and solidity. They are invisible to those who would harm them. Rhinos and their young have the space and human understanding they need to thrive. They are held in peace and love. May it be so.”
23. Your own ideas?
Maybe you have some own ideas, which you would like to add to this list, and them share this list broadly and regularly...
Thank YOU so much!
For the Love of the Rhinos
Facts for kids: