Working in conservation and education will always feel like a blessing to me. To see how children react to the issues facing the natural world around them, and to discover time and time again how they seem to intrinsically care about the environment and the wildlife they share it with — it truly fills me with hope and positivity.
One such story that’s started August off on a positive note is that of six-year-old Frankie and his fundraising mission for Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Frankie (pictured above) is on a mission to save rhinos after discovering that there are only three northern white rhinos left in the world.
He decided to launch a fundraising project called ‘RhinosUp‘ to raise £48,000 – the amount that a poached rhino horn might fetch on the black market.
His plan is to create a living sculpture in the shape of a northern white rhino out of bee-friendly plants. Frankie hopes his flowerbed — made in partnership with Fauna & Flora International — will encourage people to think about the plight of rhinos and spread the message that poaching has to end.
Read the full story (and watch Frankie’s video) on National Geographic Kids’ website here.
Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO said: “I am making a special trip to the UK to meet with Frankie. I am amazed at what this formidable young man has managed to achieve at such a young age.”
“If only the world were made of more people like him, we would not be facing the extinction crisis that we currently are. The northern white rhinos need all the help they can get, and what Frankie is doing will make a huge difference in how we protect them and for the survival of the species.”
Well done Frankie!
For more information on Frankie’s ‘RhinosUp’ project, and to donate online, visit www.rhinosup.com.