As most of us are, Roam Travel Company is excited for the fresh start of 2017. We are grateful and excited after 2016’s success, but there are many trips to plan and vacations to be had.
Helping our clients to experience the world is what we love most about our work. But with great travel comes great responsibility. Environmental and cultural conservation are essential to keeping worldwide destinations authentic and protected. Which is why we have decided to team up with Rhinos Without Borders for the month of January.
Here is how we plan to give back! For ALL trips booked during January for travel in the next 12 months, 20% of the revenue will be donated directly to Rhinos without Borders. Want to start planning that trip Hawaii for April? Or finally book that dream safari? You can enjoy a luxury getaway AND contribute to the conservation of the endangered rhino population. The donations will have no affect on the cost of your trip.
THE TRUTH ABOUT RHINO POACHING
Currently, there are 29,000 rhinos living in the wild. That number has decreased from 70,000 in 1970 and 500,000 at the beginning of the twentieth century. Humans have been the main cause of the population decline and poaching for illegal trade is the most serious threat to the species. Throughout Asia, particularly Vietnam, the rhino horn is used to cure a handful of illness and ailments- including terminal illness and hangovers. And with time, the rhino horn consumption has become a symbol of high status… causing even more demand. With the high price tags, the reward for poaching these animals is also extremely high. En route to extinction, we are currently losing one of the 29,000 remaining rhinos every 7 minutes.
Action is crucial to sustain the population.
RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS & WHAT THEY DO
Rhinos Without Borders was formed by two conservation-focused travel companies, andBeyond and Great Plains Conservation, in response to the heartbreaking increase of illegal poaching in South Africa. Their goal… To move 100 rhinos out of the poaching hotspots to safer habitats.
Rhinos Without Borders chose Botswana as the relocation country for the rhinos. The country faces low poaching rates, due to their “no tolerance” policy when encountering potential threats. Yet, the cost to relocate one rhino from South African to Botswana is $45,000. And the urgency to protect these endangered creatures is clear. In 2014, 1,215 were brutally slaughtered in South Africa alone.
However, the organization is unwavering. Recently, their first group of rhino were successfully translocated from South Africa, by air, and safely released in their new home. And another group will be moved by Rhinos Without Borders in 2017. Once translocated, the rhinos receive specially-designed telemetry devices to help with ongoing research and monitoring. Their efforts have decreased the likelihood of these endangered animals being killed. We are proud of what they have accomplished and what they continue to do.
At Roam Travel Company, we believe that viewing wildlife creates a sense of presence that is hard to find anywhere else. Help preserve the rhino population and contact us today.
If traveling is not in the cards this year and you would like to give back, you can donate directly to Rhinos Without Borders here.