South African National Parks (Sanparks) need R1 billion to fight the "low intensity war" against rhino poaching effectively. This year alone, almost 800 rhino's have been poached.
Sanparks CEO David Mabunda says rangers in national parks have between 80 and 110 contacts with rhino poachers per month.
To enable Sanparks to raise the money, it has formed a joint collaboration with Bavaria non-alcoholic beverages and the "big 5" retailers (Woolworths, Spar, Shoprite Checkers, Massmart and PicknPay) in South Africa, where the public can adopt a rhino for R20. All the money raised, will be used to fight rhino poaching.
Project manager of "Adopt so our Rhino won't die", Craig Klay Smith says, "You can use your credit card where ever you are in the world and you can contribute as much as you want towards an adoption. You can also purchase a 6 pack of Bavaria non-alcoholic beverages at any of the Big 5 retailers. A portion of that money will collectively pay for the adoption of rhino's."
The Sanparks fundraising seal of approval will be put on the beverages in an effort to prevent individuals and syndicates who exploit the fight against poaching for personal financial gain.