It’s Conservation Highlight Wednesday: the day of props and Rhinos


This post does NOT contain graphic images

of poor rhinos being poached because

I’m not in the business of making people sad

Facts about taking this picture:

1. writing backwards on your own hand is really freakin’ difficult

2. yes, it looks like a kindergartener/doctor/serial killer wrote this on my hand. I’m accepting it.

3. please do not judge my artistic abilities on this image (p.s. I don’t have any artistic abilities anyways)

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s give some hump day props! Call me a bandwagon fan all you want but I want to talk about this while it is hot and trending. Today, props are going to the #stopkillingrhinos campaign, because writing on your hand in sharpie saves rhinos, right? Ok, let’s be real writing on your hand and posting it on social media doesn’t do a lot for rhinos except spread awareness. HOWEVER, the first step to getting involved in something is being aware of it, which is why hump day props are going to the #stopkillingrhinos campaign! The second step is getting informed, which is why you’re reading this post!

So why would anyone take on a rhino to poach their horns? Well that can be broken down into 3 main reasons:

1. Habitat loss: poachers clear out rhino populations to clear the land for whatever reason

2. Poaching: this is the obvious one, rhinos are killed for their horns on a daily basis for “medicine”

3. Political conflict: since no one can decide who is in charge of these regions, they are not properly policed to fight against poachers and they can have free reign

History lesson: some Asian cultures believe that ground up Rhino horns act as an aphrodisiac which is where the word “horny” comes from. Apologies in advance if I have ruined this word for you since now you can relate “being in the mood” to Rhino poaching… oops.

So how an you help?

  • spread awareness! The #stopkillingrhinos campaign is a great way to start the process of saving this species!
  • donate $$$, most conservation organizations rely on donations to keep their operations running, whether it’s $10, $20 or $100, every little bit helps
  • do not buy rhino horn products, decorations, etc. stay away from products that feed into the poaching

All in all, being aware and informed is the first step to making a difference! For step 3 go to


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