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Honour and help our fallen Rhino’s - another 50 Rhino ambassadors needed!

Press release: Renosterveld Events, 16 September 2011


By taking part in Ride the Rhino, a three day mountain bike stage race from Langebaan to Durbanville, participants will be raising awareness about the rhino poaching problem in South Africa. This year alone 288 rhino’s have been poached in South Africa. That equates to more than one per day! Compare this to the 27 rhino’s poached during the whole of 2007. In the last four years, rhino poaching has increased by 1000%.

World Rhino Day is taking place on Thursday, 22 September. On this day, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) aims to make the world aware of the plight of the rhino’s. All rhino’s are at risk of poaching; these include the Java, Indian, Sumatra, Black, Southern White Rhino and the Northern Black Rhino (of which there are only 8 remaining in the Congo!)


Renosterveld Events want to make a difference and YOU can too. Die Burger, media partner of Ride the Rhino, a mountain bike event that’s starts in Langebaan on 30 September 2011 and continues down along remaining patches of Renosterveld, an extinct habitat. And on Day 3, all riders receive a Raiel Red Rhino Racing Jersey and pedal for rhino’s in our country from Malmesbury to Nitida in Durbanville. We need to get 288 of these Red Rhino’s in the field; one for every rhino poached thus far in 2011. If you want to be part, please enter on www.ridetherhino.co.za.


And with the help of PSG Konsult, our main sponsor we are broadcasting a 45 minute Super Sport slot of the race. We are also hosting the weekly “Rhino update” on Tuesdays on Radio Jacaranda.


Durbanville Hills and Protea Vineyard Hotel are also putting their weight behind the saving the rhino initiative with a gala and auction on International Rhino Day, 22 September (as announced by the WWF). Speakers that evening include Karen Trendler, a rhino rehabilitation specialist, Vanessa Bezuidenhout from Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Ruth Parker, writer of the book Renosterveld Exposed. There are still tables available for an eve of interesting rhino talk, good food and wine, and an art and wine auction. For more info, e-mail marlise@renosterveldmtb.co.za or phone (021) 975-7017.


Renosterveld Events main aim is to make people aware of the dire situation the Southern Africa rhino’s find themselves in. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Renosterveld Trust.


We do not want the museum to be the only place where we can see a rhino in the future!

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Any chance to take part on the last day? Won’t be able to do the 3 days - family wise.


Go on to the website and see the options

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