Coexist With Rhinos

Starting March, I will be embarking on a 75 day walk around the entire coastline of Wales. This 1,400km walk is to raise awareness of the plight of rhino and funds for Council of Contributors – a non-profit dedicated to supporting the people down on the ground helping to save rhino from extinction.

I will do this walk DRESSED AS A RHINO if we can get £500 raised by February 25th!! 

To donate please head to my Justgiving page.

If you would like to follow the progress of the walk please follow my Facebook Page, Instagram or Youtube. I will be posting regularly on these pages with updates.

I am doing this walk in support of rhinos, having worked closely within rhino conservation for over 5 years I know just how much of a difference this fundraising will make.

Thank you,

Coexistwithmeg ♥
#coexistwithrhinos

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Rhino News

Northern White Rhino Fades Into Extinction 

The last Northern White Rhino male is battling with sickness, bringing the sub-species with only 3 remaining individuals ever closer to extinction. The 3 Northern White Rhinos live at Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya – you may have heard of Ol Pejeta before as Council of Contributors has supported their rhino conservation and antipoaching efforts. The elderly rhino are guarded by armed rangers 24/7 to keep them safe from poachers. With the protected rhinos being too old to breed, scientists have stepped in to try to help. By taking sex cells from the northern white rhino they plan to optimize IVF using Southern White Rhinos as surrogates. This is a long winded process and there’s a chance none of us will ever see a baby Northern White Rhino. All of the white rhino I have worked with are the Southern subspecies, of which there are estimated to be 20,000 individuals left. The continuous poaching in South Africa is reducing this number by around 1,000 each year. How bright is the future for rhinos and are we doing enough to save them?

For more info: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/northern-white-rhino-endangered-species-spd/

 

Lacoste takes a stand for wildlife 

In a while, crocodile! Lacoste replaces their crocodile logo with one of 10 endangered animals in an effort to raise awareness of the looming extinction crisis. The save our species limited edition polo shirts were launched on March 1st and immediately sold out. The number of polo shirts available corresponds with the number of individuals left in the wild for that particular species. One of the ten species chosen is the Javan Rhino- of which there are thought to be 67 remaining individuals. The Javan rhino are solitary animals and are rarely seen, they like to keep to themselves. Poaching and a slow reproduction rate have left this rhino fighting for survival. Other species featured include the Vaquita (30 left in the wild), the Sumatran Tiger (350 left in the wild) and the Saola (250 left in the wild). The money from these tshirts is going to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The total polo shirts made to cover all individuals of the 10 species was 1775. What a way to show the world how so few of these individuals remain.
https://www.lacoste.com/us/saveourspecies.html

Latest Council of Contributors Projects

COC has just launched project 010 to support African Rhino Conservation Collaboration by raising $2,200 for a cyber tracker GPS data collection & rhino management platform + 3 devices.
“CyberTracker provides a user-friendly, practical and secure in-the-field GPS data collection ‘reporting’ platform for researchers who study rhino habitat and their social behaviors. At a brand new Intensive Protection Zone in the Eastern Cape, scientists have asked the COC to fund this technology in order to determine how to best safely maximize a healthy rhino capacity and introduce new rhinos into the protected zone. Land contours, food sources, water sources, grazing and browsing habitat data is all recorded to and evaluated by the team to make the best management decisions for the rhino.
As more & more rhino are placed into smaller protected territories, these monitoring systems are imperative for optimal management of populations.”

Project 009 for Limpopo Rhino Security Group saw COC supporters raising enough money to fund 25 hours of anti-poaching aircraft patrol for the February full moon period.
“LRSG was started by a group of committed rhino owners. It began one overcast morning in 2014 – Insimbi and a heavily pregnant Shambula lie lifelessly in the red African sand, both had been butchered for their horn. From that day onward, rhino owners in this vast area bound together and remain on the forefront of the war against rhino poachers. They fund their own Anti-Poaching and send family members on patrol in dangerous situations. They are not rangers. They are not military trained. But I can tell you one thing — they are 1,000% dedicated to the 500 rhino which are owned between them. EYES IN THE SKY is the single most effective poaching deterrent, but very expensive. The CoC is sponsoring 20 hours of a Bat Hawk aircraft, pilot and fuel to virtually eliminate the threat of poachers during the next full moon.  Unite the fight.”
Www.councilofcontributors.com

 

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Council of Contributors

Happy Rhino Friday! 

During my online absence a lot of exciting things have happened. I am back in South Africa, I am writing my new book and I am a director of an incredible non profit called Council Of Contributors.

As many of you know, earlier this year there was a horrific poaching attack on a rhino orphanage in South Africa. As a result of this 2 orphaned rhinos, Impy and Gugu, lost their lives for nothing more than the horns on their faces. My heart was ripped from my chest & the international community mourned the loss of these two special souls. Kennedy and I both worked with these rhino calves and the news really brought home the extent on the poaching crisis. I could have curled up and shielded myself from the world for the rest of my life but I couldn’t cope with having my head buried in the sand when I knew damn well what was happening around me. So, I boarded a plane to South Africa to see what I could do to help the situation.

I think one of the worst feelings is to feel helpless, to feel as if there is nothing you can do. Kennedy came up with the Council Of Contributors concept so we can all do our part for rhino. We are not helpless, we have the power to make big things happen.

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Council Of Contributors has 3 focus areas:

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We’ve managed to support several worthy and important causes over the past few months since we began and I know we are going to do so much more too. We’ve helped to fund the training of 2 Pit Track anti poaching dogs, we’ve purchased solar powered camera traps for remote and unintrusive monitoring of a black rhino breeding project, we’ve bought high quality boots for an anti poaching unit who spend day and night protecting rhino and we’ve bought a walk on large animal scale for a rehabilitation project. We’ve managed to reach out and in one way or another help, improve or be part of all of these projects, it is amazing and it is possible because everyone is coming together to do their bit for rhino.

“Big things happen when we all do our small part.”

Our latest project goal :

Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya

To raise enough money to buy a much needed high-end VHF digital radio as well as new uniforms and equipment for 4 of the Rhino Protection Unit Rangers.

You can help a whole host of amazing rhino warriors and know that you are doing your bit for rhino by becoming a contributor.

Join Council Of Contributors

I am SO proud to be part of this and I hope you are too.

Peace & love,

Coexistwithmeg ♥

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It’s Time To Save The World

It is estimated that the planet is currently losing species at a rate between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate (the natural extinction rate is 1 to 5 species a year) meaning tens of species are being lost every single day. We are currently living in a mass extinction, the difference between this situation and past mass extinctions is that this one is almost entirely caused by one species… humans.

So… What can we do to save the planet and those who live here with us? Here’s 3 ways you can help save the world:

  1. Eat a more plant based diet.

    Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction. Livestock currently covers 45% of the earth’s total land and if you are eating animal products you are helping to fund this deforestation and destruction. If you cut down the amount of animal products you are eating and transition to a vegan diet you can help reduce the impact on the planet. If you are vegan for one month you will save: 33,000 gallons (124,917 litres) of water, 1,200 lbs (543kg) of grain, 900 sq. ft of forest, 600 lbs (273kg) of Co2 and 30 animals lives (stats from thevegancalculator.com). Living a vegan lifestyle will not only help the environment but also people and animals, it will even benefit your own health… All while promoting nonviolence and compassion.

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    Vegan homemade meals


  2. Avoid single use plastic.

    Single-use plastic is all over the place, from plastic water bottles, to straws, to coffee cups and plastic bags. These are items we can encounter every single day but have you ever thought about what happens after you’ve used it? You throw it ‘away’.. But where is ‘away’? Well, plastic does not just disappear. It may be temporarily out of our sight but plastic waste is being produced in such vast amounts that it is appearing on even the most remote beaches, it is collecting up in the ocean (google the Great Pacific Garbage Patch if you don’t believe me), it is being eaten by wildlife and it is ending up in the food chains so now even humans could be eating plastic! All of this plastic pollution is destroying the planet so what can we do? We need to be more conscious about the decisions we make and the impact we have on the world around us. Rather than using a plastic bag once, a coffee cup once, a straw once, we need to instead find other solutions… Reusable options. Do you really want to end up being responsible for the death of a sea turtle or a whale because of that plastic bag you decided to use and throw out? No? Ok, then use a reusable shopping bag – that one switch is all it takes to make a difference. Say no to single use plastic, pick up any litter you come across to prevent wildlife from consuming it or being caught up in it and use reusable containers.
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  3. Vote for the future you want by being thoughtful about what you do & what you buy.
    What you spend your money on is what you support… Shop carefully. Make sure what you are buying is what you are supporting. Buy ethical products and buy products with less of an environmental impact. Find ways to do less harm and do more good, this can sometimes take some research but once you know what companies to avoid you won’t forget. As an example: if you don’t support animal cruelty then you will want to avoid buying from companies that test on animals and products that contain animal products. 

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    Vegan, cruelty free & organic shampoo and conditioner.

Remember you make a difference, every thing you do has an impact on the world around you so do your best to make sure that impact is a positive one. I know that humans are good, I think we’ve just lost our way a little and we are largely led to believe we cannot make a difference. Trust me, you absolutely can and now is the time to start.

Peace, love and light.

Coexistwithmeg ♥

Want A Dog?

Life is better with a dog. They are so loyal, loving and happy. They help us to stay active, be affectionate and seek out new adventures. If you are looking to bring a dog into your family, I am not at all surprised because they are great, but first take a few moments to consider your options.

Once you have decided that you can provide a loving and suitable home for a dog you need to consider where your dog is going to come from. Many people may not even think twice about buying a cute puppy but there are many things to consider. When you buy a puppy it can not only be expensive but you could also be supporting the cruel practice of puppy farms which have no concern for animal welfare only profit.
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 If it is a puppy that you really want you can sometimes find puppies in rescue shelters too. If you go to your local rescue shelter you can talk to them about the dogs they have in their care and they will help you to see if any of those dogs are right for you. There are many dogs in shelters – all different breeds, ages and backgrounds. You are bound to find the perfect dog for you.

Here are some of the many benefits of rescuing a dog instead of buying one:

  • You are not only saving the dog you take home but you are also making room at the shelter for another dog in need.
  • You will experience unconditional love.
  • Many rescue dogs already have some level of training & are usually house trained.
  • You will be helping to eradicate puppy farms where puppies are bred in poor conditions for the purpose of profit.
  • If you choose to adopt an older dog they are often calmer.
  • A dog from a rescue shelter will already have up to date vaccines and will be neutered as well as microchipped.
  • When you adopt a dog the shelter will be able to give you some information on the dogs personality making it easier to find a dog that suits your home and lifestyle.

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In 2015, 118,994 animals were rescued by the RSPCA and of those 47,651 animal found new homes.

When you are bringing a new dog into your home, think about rescuing.  You really could save a dogs life by doing so.

We may not be able to do everything but we can all do something.

Be kind,
Coexistwithmeg ♥

Be The Good

Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to believe there is any good in the world, it is for this reason that you, yourself, should be the good.

I am saying this today because following the terrible events that unfolded last week at Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage I felt absolutely broken, my soul was shattered and if I am being completely honest with you I had lost a tremendous amount of hope. I was questioning what good was actually left in this world and asking where we could possibly go from here…  I was in the deep, dark rabbit hole of distress but even in this darkness I had a glimmer of hope remaining.

I used this drop of hope and created a crowdfunding campaign in the hope of making some kind of a positive difference to the orphanage. Before I knew it there were others who also had hope, bringing light and love into the darkness.

Many people from all over the world were stepping up by donating money and raising awareness, by being the good! So many people brought their glimmer of hope and helped to drive out more and more of the darkness. In this case, we very quickly managed to raise huge amounts of money (over $47,000) for improved security at the orphanage! What a truly wonderful thing to happen during such a terrible time. So many people uniting is a very strong and effective occurrence, and it is as a result of each and every individual because every single glimmer is needed in order to make the light shine bright.

It has been this widespread pouring of light that has helped me to remember that we must not only never lose hope but we should also always be the good.

The most damning thing in the world is to think that you do not make a difference. Every single thing you do and action you take has an impact on the world around you. You make decisions all day every day that make a difference so take this as a friendly reminder to always be the good in the world… (You never know who you are helping up by doing so).

I would like to thank each and every person who has helped in whatever way  to bring light during such a dark time.

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