In order to highlight this year’s World Rhino Day on 22 September, tour operator, Acacia Africa will be supporting Save the Rhino International’s ‘Nail it for Rhinos’ campaign on its Facebook and Twitter pages. Last year the popular fundraising tactic inspired hundreds of people across the UK to donate to Save the Rhino and their rhino conservation programmes across Africa and Asia.
A creative take on keratin, the same substance found in rhino horn and our own hair and nails, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the threats facing all five rhino species. In the last decade, the demand for rhino horn has soared in Eastern Asian countries, particularly in Vietnam, where it is used in traditional medicine (despite having no proven medicinal properties) and seen as a status symbol.
Get involved in the #Nailit4rhinos campaign in five simple steps:
1. Paint your nails for rhinos – get creative!
2. Upload your nail selfie to social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and include the hashtag #nailit4rhinos, or send it to Save the Rhino International at firstname.lastname@example.org
3. If you’re in the UK donate £3 to help save rhinos by texting NAIL15 £3 to 70070. Or donate online from the rest of the world.
4. Share your photo with friends and nominate five people to do the same
5. Visit savetherhino.org to learn more and see if your nail selfie has been featured on the website as one of the best entries.
Re-named to highlight World Rhino Day 2014, Acacia Africa’s #SaveInongwe truck has been travelling across the continent for almost 12 months and raising awareness of the poaching crisis in Southern and Eastern Africa. Book a seat on the 19 day Desert Tracker overland expedition and you might catch sight of the adventure specialist’s rhino mascot, Inongwe (now proud parent of two) in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
The latest addition to the family showed up for a photocall with mum earlier this month and you’ll have the chance to meet Inongwe’s new calf on an optional walking safari in Livingstone. A conservation success story, the rhinos are under 24/7 armed guard and no rhinos have been killed by poachers in the Zambian park since 2007.
Acacia Africa (020 7706 4700; acacia-africa.com)