Target: National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Derek and Beverly Joubert
Goal: Thank Derek and Beverly for saving the rhinos of Africa
Animal conservationists Derek and Beverly Joubert helped to save big cat sin 2009 with the Big Cats Initiative, and now have started a new project called Rhinos Without Borders, and as you can guess, this project is meant to to save the rhinos in Africa. In January 2015, they will move more than a hundred rhinos from South Africa to Botswana an in an attempt to diversify and save the dying species. Thank these animal conservationists for focusing so much of their lives to saving our endangered animals.
South Africa holds more than 80 percent of the world’s population of rhinos, with only 26,000 of these animals left in the area. Most of these rhinos make their home in the Kruger National Park, but poaching has taken a toll on these majestic animals. In 2013, 1,004 rhinos were lost to poachers who kill these animals for their horns. So far, 618 rhinos have been killed in 2014, most of which have been lost in this national park. And it’s believed that more rhinos have been lost, as their carcasses have been found due to vultures eating the corpse before researchers and park rangers can get there.
The Jouberts are moving the rhinos to Botswana for two reasons. Botswana wants the rhinos, and they have the lowest poaching rate. However, the project will prove to be a difficult one. Rhinos weigh up to three tons, and moving at least a hundred of these animals is a daunting task. While the park is accustomed to moving rhinos from different areas of the park, only fifty rhinos in the past ten years have been moved across the border. There is a two to five percent chance that rhinos could also die from this move, but it is a risk the conservationists are wiling to take if it means the rhinos are able to survive for years to come.
The Jouberts are hoping that by moving the rhinos away from the park and other areas known for poaching, it will lessen the devastation of rhinos. Their commitment to these animals should be praised and thanked, as the effort is necessary for rhinos to continue living on this planet.
Dear Derek and Beverly Joubert,
Recently, you are launching a new project called Rhinos Without Borders. This project is meant to move one hundred rhinos from South Africa to Botswana in an attempt to the save the species. Not only will these animals be taken to a place that has the lowest poaching rate in Africa, but the move will also create biodiversity and ensure a healthy gene pool.
I am writing this letter to thank the both of you for your efforts. These animals desperately need our help, and it appalls me that so many people are still after their horns, especially since rhinos are already threatened. Please do all you can to save the species and ensure that they thrive for years to come.
[Your Name Here]
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