It’s the year 2030 and children around you are watching a wildlife documentary.

They ask you about the rhino and you tell them what you remember.

Then they ask why you didn’t do anything to help save them. What would you say?

It’s the year 2030 and children around you are watching a wildlife documentary. They ask you about the rhino and you tell them what you remember. Then they ask why you didn’t do anything to help save them. What would you say?

Our Rhino, Our Heritage

In South Africa, three rhinos are killed for their horn every day. That’s over 1,000 rhino killed each year. Analysts predict the rhino will be wiped out in the next 10 years, if not sooner, should the killing continue at this alarming rate. If we eradicate an entire species, we are wiping out a significant part of our wildlife, a significant part of ourselves. This is why Bidvest Paperplus is supporting the work of Game Reserves United (GRU) to save not only the rhino, but other indigenous animals that are being recklessly poached.

Working with local organisations and communities in affected areas, GRU works to keep the poachers out before they enter. Communities rely on visitors to make a living and through extensive consultation with GRU, they acknowledge how much they take away from themselves if they are involved in or turn a blind eye to poaching. A partnership with SANParks will establish a Joint Protection Zone, incorporating Mozambique land concessions, which will further protect the rhino and environmental assets of the area. By working closely with rangers and law enforcement, GRU has made a significant impact in reducing the number of animals killed, with successful arrests and prosecutions.

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Average number of rhino born each week

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Average number of rhino poached per week

There are 29 000 rhino left in the world today. If poaching continues to increase at current rates, rhinos could be effectively extinct in the wild as soon as 2026.

Let’s join hands to help save our Rhino

We have launched the Bidvest Paperplus 2016 Calendar Rhino initiative to contribute to the work done by Game Reserves United. Join us to raise R50 000 by downloading the 2016 South African public holidays.

Download the 2016

public holiday calendar here

Download instructions: Download the calendar file to your smartphone or computer. Open the file and select the save option.

All of the pre-programmed public holidays will now be visible in your calendar.

For every download Bidvest Paperplus will donate

R10 on your behalf to Game Reserves United.

Download instructions: Download the calendar file to your smartphone or computer. Open the file and select the save option. All of the pre-programmed public holidays will now be visible in your calendar.

For every download Bidvest Paperplus will donate R10 on your behalf to Game Reserves United.

The symbol of our initiative is a beautiful, intricate origami rhino. As tough and as beautiful as it is, it can be crushed with a single hand, just as the rhino is being wiped out by human hands. We may not pick up arms against poachers – but we can use our hands, and with a few clicks you and I can make a real difference. It’s not their fight, it’s our fight. To save the rhino is to save Africa’s unique heritage.

Should you wish to contribute further to the cause please contact Vanessa Saffy.

Email: vsaffy@bidpaperplus.co.za

Tel: 27 (0)11 474 1828