ADOPT A RHINO

Rhinos need our help. Your adoption could support our work to protect this species. Here are our top rhino facts:

  • There are five species of rhino
  • Black and white rhinos live on the plains and woodlands of Africa
  • The Javan, Sumatran and Indian rhinos live in the tropical forests of Asia
  • Rhinos can weigh more than a tonne
  • They can have one or two horns, and their thick skin is made of collagen
  • Their brains are small relative to their body size
  • Rhinos belong to the group Perissodactyls which includes horses and tapirs
  • A group of rhinos is called a crash.

Several threats are edging rhinos closer to extinction. Illegal hunting and poaching for their horns, used in traditional Asian medicine, have caused rhino numbers to fall dramatically.

HOW TO ADOPT A RHINO

Help us protect rhinos from extinction with an animal adoption. It couldn’t be easier:

  • Step 1: Select the amount you want to pay by Direct Debit each month: £3, £5 or £10
  • Step 2: Or select the Prefer a one-off payment option and choose a donation amount of £36, £50 or £80
  • Step 3: Fill out your adoption details including the name on the certificate and the start date
  • Step 4: Compete your billing & delivery details
  • Step 5: Enter your payment details. You can pay by card or PayPal
  • Step 6: Sit back and wait for your adoption pack to arrive at your designated address (3 working days within the UK)

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR RHINO ADOPTION

Help protect rhinos in the wild an animal adoption and you’ll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing all of these items…

 

SOFT TOY

Your own cuddly toy rhino to keep at home.
Toy may vary from one shown.  

ADOPTION PACK

Including a personalised certificate, animal story, fact sheet and glossy photo to display.

ADOPT MAGAZINE

A copy of our bi-annual Adopt magazine with exclusive updates.

 

Adoptions last one year (those paid monthly by direct debit roll over until cancelled).

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR ADOPT MAGAZINE

As part of the adoption pack you will receive a copy of our beautiful Adopt magazine. Each copy brings you the latest news on your adopted animal including how the money is being spent. These exclusive insights show how your ongoing support makes an impact on these animals’ lives. Your adoption really is life-changing.

Our magazine is published twice a year so you’ll receive your first edition in the adoption pack followed by a further update later in the year of your adoption. Take a peek inside to see some of our work in action…

Adopt magazine

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES AFFECTING RHINOS TODAY?

In spite of years of campaigning, poaching for rhino horn is still a major issue. Sold illegally in Asian markets, the horn is used in traditional medicines and as gifts. Poachers don’t care about the welfare of the animals, and many rhinos are left to suffer and die after their horns have been cut off. Baby rhinos are sometimes killed for their horn stubs or left orphaned and starving.

Rhino horn consists largely of keratin, like human finger nails, yet it commands huge prices and has led to smuggling under the pretence of trophy hunting in South Africa. There is also an increased interest in antique items made from, or containing, rhino horn particularly among Asian buyers.

Rhinos are also under threat from loss of habitat caused by human encroachment and agricultural development. When land is severely fragmented, populations become smaller and more isolated, which limits breeding opportunities.

ADOPTING A RHINO WILL HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT

Funds from your adoption will support our work in Meru National Park, Kenya. 

Meru was a haven for wildlife and where Elsa the lioness, star of the book and film Born Free, was released into the wild. However, in the 1980s, Meru was overrun by poachers and its wildlife decimated, including all of its rhino. In the early 2000s, Kenya Wildlife Service launched a programme to restore Meru’s wildlife to its former glory.

This included creating a rhino sanctuary to protect and encourage a healthy rhino population in the park. Born Free supports the rhino sanctuary by funding vital equipment for the sanctuary’s rhino rangers, which supports both its vital work and ranger welfare.

It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.Sir David Attenborough

Your money will help:

Protect rhinos in Meru National Park, Kenya

Fund vital equipment for the sanctuary’s rhino rangers

Lobby governments and campaign against trophy hunting and the rhino horn trade

 

ADOPTION PACK DELIVERY INFORMATION

We will process and send your order within 3 working days, and would normally expect it to arrive within 7 working days to addresses within the UK. All UK orders are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery on overseas orders. Please note – we cannot hold orders for delivery on a specific date.

Orders do not need to be signed for, but if you have requested the optional toy, the box won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.

ADOPTING A RHINO AS A GIFT? 

The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR RHINO ADOPTION?

Call our customer support team on 01403 240170.

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