Why did I decide to get involved with ProjectThorn?
During my travels in South Africa I was able to spend many hours very close to it’s animals. I will never forget the first time that I was able to sit near enough to some Rhinos to listen to them breath. These are social, sentient beings that quite literally will do no harm to others unless forced to.
It is proven that there is NO medicinal value to Rhino horn. They are in danger based on market forces speculating on their extinction.
Through our involvement raising funds for 12Hours and RhinoArt I was privileged to spend an afternoon with an anti poaching ranger in the bomas at iMfolozi. We spent hours talking about the situation and the dangers that the rangers face every day. I’m a California tech guy so I was initially focused on all the latest western technology. I came to the conclusion that although these technology based ideas may eventually be part of a broad solution, the rangers on the ground in the hardest hit parks need the most cost effective, all weather solutions that embrace the culture and the community.
iMfolozi is a leader in helping disperse the genetic diversity of the Africa Rhino. As part of that they do some capture and transport of park Rhino. While in the Boma I got to watch a mother Rhino and her 18 hour old calf and witness their bond. I also watched a young male that had been removed from it’s crash for transport to another park. I did not know that a Rhino cries. It cries like a dolphin when separated from it’s loved ones.
The sound is heartbreaking and will forever haunt me. We can’t let this slaughter continue.
I am honored to be returning to South Africa to ride and raise funds in the last edition of Joberg2c.
I have learned that it is not just the Rhinos that need help, it is all of the bush species.
Towards that end, I have thrown my support to ConservationK9.
ConservationK9 will help protect all wildlife in the reserve area.
I look forward to returning to South Africa in the next few months and pledge my continued support to ProjectThorn’s ConservationK9 initiative.
Please consider making a donation to our next anti-poaching project.