We all have seen the many negative news reports around rhino poaching and ongoing devastating consequences it has on the remaining rhino population. The current rhino poaching crisis began in 2008, with increasing numbers of rhino killed for their horn throughout Africa until 2015. For the past couple of years, the total number of rhinos poached has thankfully decreased, yet there is still a lot to do to ensure all rhinos thrive. Two passionate people have made it their mission this year to bring more effective awareness to the people of Africa through the beautiful method of cycling.
“Christophe Adam and myself, Kayla Parker, recently post-graduated from Rhodes University. We both share a passion for nature conservation and felt that there is something we want to do to in support of rhino poaching. This passion came from my father, Tim Parker, who has dedicated 30 years of his life to protecting our environment and fighting for our rhinos. He has his own anti-poaching unit in Hoedpruit, South Africa where I have grown up, experiencing first hand the devastating consequences of animal poaching. Having studied Environmental Science, I learned that the first step to making a difference is by collaborating human beings with the environment, and this can be done through education. ” says Kayla
Their passion for nature conservation and knowledge of the environment has laid the foundation to their cycle trip that they are now currently planning. Kayla explains their exciting educational trip: “We will cycle from Kenya to Kruger, starting the 14th of May in Nairobi finishing in Hoedspruit on the 20th of July 2019. We will be visiting schools along the way and hosting a rhino and elephant art lesson, adopted from the Kingsley Holgate Foundation, where we will be using art work as a form of educating the children about nature conservation. We have recently collaborated with For Life, a water purification product which we will be distributing at the schools to improve the drinking water in rural areas.
We have a support vehicle sponsored by Wildlife Management Services, which will be driven by my mother, Kathryn Parker. We have encouraged people to join our cycle team, whether the whole trip or just parts of it and have had some responses. “
We wish them all the best with their 3890km awareness cycling trip and believe they will make a huge success in creating awareness for rhino poaching.
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