World Rhino Day is celebrated annually on the 22nd of September, a day where we can celebrate our favourite species and support their future. World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010 and in 2011 it grew into an international success, celebrating all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos, all of which are under threat from the illegal rhino horn trade.
This special day brings together cause related organisations, rhino sanctuaries, NGOs and the public to celebrate rhinos in their own way. Activities for this day vary and there and there are several organisiations and initiatives that donors can choose to support. Some examples of activities include peaceful demonstrations, auctions to raise funds or a fundraising dinner. Some examples that teenagers could get involved with include classroom projects, poster displays and art contests.
New for World Rhino Day 2019 – You can download the World Rhino Day Playlist on Spotify. This playlist is a rhino-themed soundtrack comprised of 35 songs, totaling 2 hours and 19 minutes, offering a something for everyone from songs, albums and bands named rhino or rhinoceros. Download it here.
WWF Africa Rhino Programme
With the strategic goal of raising the profile of rhinos globally and creating awareness for greater corporate and civil society responsibility towards rhino conservation, the World Wildlife Fund’s African Rhino Programme has evolved in response to the dramatic increase in cases of rhino poaching.
The African Rhino Programme strives to strengthen rhino conservation efforts employing a range of multifaceted solutions to tackle the rhino poaching crisis, including:
– Building and protecting key rhino populations to help them grow.
– Developing buffers in local communities around rhinos as the first critical line of defence.
– Supporting and tightening proactive law enforcement efforts to break illegal trade chains.
– Improving cooperation between South Africa and consumer countries.
– Understanding rhino horn trade in end-user markets and influencing demand.
Southern Africa 360’s pledge
Intrinsic to Southern Africa 360 Luxury Holidays’ culture and philosophy is that of ‘giving back’. We recognise the importance of and are fully committed to making a meaningful contribution to the significant environmental, social and human impacts that tourism has on its surrounding environment. Our support has seen us give back to environmental protection over recent years through supporting the preservation of one of Africa’s most threatened wildlife species – the rhino.
From the outset you will notice that the rhino has formed a strong part of our company logo and is featured quite prominently in the Africa portion of our name. The reason for adopting the rhino into our logo signifies to us the unwavering character that this animal possesses. Like the rhino, we as a company are going to face many threats and challenges, but by building and fostering strong relationships with suppliers, clients and our customers, we should be able to take on the competition and still create our mark of uniqueness.
You may start to notice over the coming weeks a change in our pricing structure, where we will be introducing the rhino into our pricing and will therefore be ending pricing in R10.00, we have chosen this because the R10.00 note depicts the rhino image. You may think this pricing structure is an odd figure and you are right. We could have ended in 95 or 99 which sounds much more attractive but this R10.00 from each booking will be donated to the WWF Rhino Foundation as rhino conservation is close to our heart.
In addition to donating R10.00 for every booking through us, we will also be running a Facebook pledge, on our Luxury Holidays page that will see a further R100.00 go to the fund for every client that posts a picture of a rhino or shares a story related to rhinos while on their travels with us.
We are excited to implement this imitative and further grow our Corporate Social Investments and give back to others. To find out how you can make a difference, click here. If you would like more information on our Corporate Social investments and how we are making meaningful contributions to help others, you can contact us.