Save Our Rhinos with Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative

Some of you may already know about my Save Our Rhinos design I created a while back, where for all purchases of any products in this design, I have been donating 5% of all sales to www.stoprhinopoaching.com. I recently completed an order of Save Our Rhinos tea towels, bags and purses to sell in the gift shop of Sanbona Game Reserve, and because Sanbona is very special and very close to the hearts of me and my family, I have decided to donate the 5% of all sales from now on to The Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative

Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative was established in May 2011 in response to the increasing rhino poaching crises. This Initiative supports conservation agencies and organized private game reserves, which includes Sanbona and Shamwari Game Reserve, in protecting their rhino as part of a functioning natural ecosystem. It also aims to focus the attention of politicians and decision-makers and encourage them to apply pressure both nationally and abroad to address the issue of illegal trade in rhino horn and other wildlife products.

It may not be much, but I am very happy to say that at least Handmade By Me is doing something to help stop this awful tragedy!  Not only by trying to create (a little bit of) international awareness about this problem by talking and blogging about it, but by also contributing toward a fund which plans to actually DO something about it.

For more information about this initiative and how to donate to it, please see below, or have a look at their website www.foreverwild.co.za. Or support Handmade By Me AND Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative together by buying lots of lovely Save Our Rhinos products from The Handmade By Me Online Shop : )

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The Wilderness Foundation launched the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative in May, 2011. The campaign aims to gather support from the public and various stakeholders to help fight against rhino poaching in South Africa and save the rhino from extinction in the wild. The Wilderness Foundation believes that without the intervention of government and the public, the rhino may be extinct within the next ten years.

The foundation is involved in supporting conservation agencies and organized private game reserves in their efforts to protect their rhino populations through on-the-ground anti-poaching activities and investigations. It is also active in lobbying local and international governments for support in anti-poaching campaigns.

The highly effective Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative was given a boost in June 2011 through the sponsorship of six Volkswagen Amarok bakkies from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The vehicles were allocated to various reserves and anti-poaching units across the country, each managed by the Forever Wild head office team. These vehicles have been replaced by VW with new vehicles and the contract renewed in June 2013, for a further 12 months.

From June 2011 to June 2013, the teams supported by the Forever Wild Initiative were involved in the arrest of over 80 suspected poachers, over 20 firearms confiscated, recovery of 7 rhino horn, hundreds of extended patrols in parks around the country, several rhino notching exercises, the translocation of a number of rhino for safety reasons, and many public awareness events.

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Last week to avail of my Spring Special…

Make your picnic basket the coolest in the southern hemisphere this spring and summer with my 5% discount off any matching tea towel and napkin sets. Well they don’t really have to match…and they don’t really have to live in your picnic basket. All you have to do is go to my Etsy store, order any napkin set AND tea towel and type in the coupon code SPRING2012 at checkout, and your basket will be updated and discounted! For any of you living in Cape Town I am happy for you to save on those postage fees and collect directly from me. Please get in touch and lets get those picnic baskets in shape!

Here are a just a few of the items you can choose from…

Vintage Bikes tea towel

Vintage Bikes napkins

Pink Flamingo! tea towel

Pink Flamingo! napkins

Pretty Proteas tea towel

Pretty Proteas napkins

Indigo Blue tea towel

Indigo Blue napkins

Red Vintage Squares tea towel

Red Vintage Squares napkins

Please note that stock levels are going fast and that if your item is sold out I will have to make to order which can take a few weeks. Please contact me if you are not sure before you place your order.