Help us to Help them
A mere 5% of the population of Rhinos living across Africa and Asia in the 20th century is left today. Southern White Rhinos are severely threatened due to poaching by humans and habitat destruction, leaving them with limited living space and minimal food supply. In fact, at the end of the nineteenth century large-scale poaching left as few as 20-50 Southern White Rhino living in the wild.
Halls Gap Zoo is Victoria's largest regional zoo and a key member of the International Endangered Species Program. Two male Southern White Rhino are ready to transfer to Halls Gap to add to the 160 species that already call the Grampians home. They have been chosen to start a breeding herd once genetically suitable females become available. One is coming from Canberra and the other from New Zealand and will be introduced to you all on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2018.
But there’s a problem
As you might imagine, creating the space for, feeding and providing care to two large White Rhinos is no small effort. Nonetheless, we are continuing with this exciting project and counting on the support of friends, like you, to succeed.
It's taken three years to do the paperwork and secure the permits and now, we've run out of money to build the best enclosure for these social animals. We have the space and the know how, but we need funds to buy the air fare and travel crates and start building the enclosure while they are in quarantine.
There are several ways you can join us and show your commitment to the survival of the Rhino species. You can choose to support the project financially or through the supply of products/services just email us at [email protected]
Here’s what we’re doing about it
The gents will need a 'cool pad' to impress the ladies - and that's where you all come into the story.
A well made enclosure makes all the difference to the wellbeing of these animals and a safe home will encourage breeding. What we create now will one day lead to a new generation of Southern White Rhino released back into the wild.
We have the plans and we are searching for donations and other ways to raise the money, but we need a kick start
Here's where the money is going
To start we need a minimum of $25,000 for Stage 1 for animal transport costs and quarantine services, earthworks, fencing and to purchase plants.
Then later for Stage 2 we'll need funds for a shelter shed and a wallow (coz the lads like a wallow when its hot).
Then finishing with Stage 3 where we'll need funds for landscaping ready for you all to come and visit.
In total we need $250,000.00
And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us that will make awesome Christmas presents
$50 - A BIG Thankyou certificate
$100 - A BIG Thankyou Certificate PLUS a photo of one of the Rhino boys
$300 - A BIG Thankyou Certificate and a photo of one of the Rhino boys PLUS a limited edition unframed print of "Rhino" an oil painting by wildlife artist Steve Morvell
$1000 - The full package
A BIG Thankyou Certificate and a photo of one of the Rhino boys PLUS a limited edition unframed print of "Rhino" an oil painting by wildlife artist Steve Morvell PLUS your name on the Supporters Board PLUS Halls Gap Zoo animal encounters * to the value of $150
$5000 - Ultimate Halls Gap Zoo Package
A BIG Thankyou Certificate and a photo of one of the Rhino boys PLUS a limited edition unframed print of "Rhino" an oil painting by wildlife artist Steve Morvell PLUS your name on the Supporters Board PLUS Halls Gap Zoo animal encounters* to the value of $500.