Rhino Matters to the next generation
Conservationists, Trevor and Susan Barrett, have been driving First Car Rental's Rhino Orphanage car for rhino conservation projects.
The Rhino Matters team are receiving huge support along the way, but what has given them the most hope has been meeting South Africa's next generation of conservationists. They are passionate about protecting animals, especially rhino.
Says Trevor Barrett, "The seeds of national pride in our rhino and its protection are most fertile in the minds of the youth.
"The values of pride, responsibility, and duty to protect - once successfully instilled in them, never leave."
Here is a look at the Rhino Matters journey so far:
28 January 2015 - Trevor and Susan Barrett met with artist and first South African Miss World (1958), Penny Coelen Rey, to discuss their journey
26 January 2015 - Trevor and Susan met the Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing (ZAP-Wing) - the first aerial anti-poaching unit in South Africa.
ZAP-WING participated in an APU (Anti-Poaching Unit) training exercise with KZN Game Reserve's APU team.
26 January 2015 - Trevor and Susan met Tiny Major and Patrick at uMkhuze Game Reserve in northern KZN, who helped them during their visit.
23 January 2015 - The Rhino Matters team visited Elangeni High School in KZN and the Matric students loved the Rhino Orphanage car.
15 January 2015 - The Rhino Matters team stopped at iSimangaliso Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal and enjoyed the natural beauty of the area.
14 January 2015 - Trevor and Susan attended Dr Ian Player's memorial service at Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal. Ian Player (pictured in the photo on the left) was a warrior for wildlife and his legacy inspires people to continue the fight for rhino conservation. In the photo on the right, Ian Player's wife, Ann, is pictured with Ian's friends and family. Read the Rhino Matters blog post dedicated to Dr Player's legacy here.
14 January 2015 - During their visit to iMfolozi, Trevor and Susan came across this peculiar rock. The smooth surface and slight indent in the rock is an indication of rhino rubbing their horn against it. Rhino horns, like nails, have to be shaped. When the horn is wet it becomes soft and rhino rub them against hard surfaces to give their horns their unique shape.
13 January 2015 - Great news! The Divine Life Society agreed to financially support the production of a book documenting rhino orphans called Saving the Survivors. Profits from book sales will go towards conservation projects across South Africa. Pictured above is Susan Barrett with members of the Divine Life Society, which is based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
13 January 2015 - Trevor and Susan travelled to iMfolozi Game Reserve in KZN and met Bona Mbanjwa, a next generation game ranger committed to conserving wildlife. Listen to their inspiring conversation here.
7 January 2015 - Trevor and Susan Barrett met Jenny Andrews, Senior Financial Advisor for Old Mutual, who wants to support their rhino-conservation initiatives.