Rhino’s Up: One six-year old’s fight to protect the last Northern White Rhinos

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.

National geographic kids rhinos up article

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


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Rhino Conservation (again)

Following my last blog post on rhino conservation, a post came up on a blog that I am subscribed to (Worldwide Experience’s very own Voice of Conservation) reiterating the message of just how high the number of rhinos killed by poaching this year has reached (see: here).

So it was with great interest that I receive a link from one of my blog readers (thank you Stevie) to an article about the use of stem cells to potentially boost population numbers in the future. click here to read more.

I would like to ask for YOUR opinion on whether you feel this is a positive step forward in conservation or whether science is going to far? I can’t help but think that this is like something from the pages of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and may be a step too far? But with money and conservation efforts being poured into projects such as the plight of the rhinos, could this be the answer to all us animal lovers’ prayers?

My thoughts remain divided on this, particularly after an online conversation I had with Voice of Conservation Katherine Alex who set the topic of the week on her Facebook page as:

WEEKLY CONSERVATION QUESTION: Do all animals deserve to be saved? How do you choose which to save?
Remember: Extinction is a natural process.With that in mind, is this new method of saving rhinos a step forward or a step back in conservation? Thoughts in the little box below please.