That doesn’t sound quite right does it? But the ‘big four’ may become a reality with the alarming rate at which our Rhinos are being poached. It’s only March and already 21 rhinos have been poached since the beginning of 2011. Sadly, over 330 were poached last year. There used to be hundreds of thousands of rhino throughout Africa. Today, Southern Africa is home to the majority of Africa’s surviving rhino. Approximately 4000 black rhino and 20 000 white rhino are all that prevent Africa’s rhinos from sliding over the brink, into extinction.
In response to a dramatic increase in rhino poaching, Woolworths introduced a limited edition reusable bag which asked customers to ‘Imagine No Rhino”, in September 2010. In partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Woolworths committed R10 from the sale of each bag to help protect remaining rhino populations from extinction. 32 000 of these ‘rhino’ bags have been sold to date, amounting to a donation of R320 000.
The funds raised are being used to ensure that much-needed anti-poaching equipment and support can be secured for rangers across the region. This includes binoculars, radios, night-vision gear and bullet-proof armour, as well as rhino-tracking and camping equipment. It also helps provide essential training for anti-poaching units and can be used for emergency veterinary treatments for injured rhino.
The bags are being made by local small scale reusable bag producers, Isikhwama in Cape Town and the Greater Uitenhage Sewing Co-operative in the Eastern Cape. Using reusable shopping bags helps to reduce the amount of plastic waste that goes to landfill.
We are offering 10 readers a free bag, worth around R30 each. Send us an environmental question that you would like to have answered or an issue/idea that you would like us to cover in our blog and you could receive one of these bags for free! All you need to do is post a comment to this story before Friday 25th March and the best ten will receive a bag. (South African addresses only please).
For more information on the Rhino campaign visit: http://www.wwf.org.za/act_now/rhino_campaign/
30 March 2011
Thanks to all of you who commented on this blog post and sent us some great questions. You have all won a Save the Rhino reusable shopping bag sponsored by Woolworths. Watch this space for the answers to your questions!