One day David the 4-month-old rhino was frolicking in the savannas of South Africa, without a care in the world, running alongside his uncles and aunts, tugging on his mother's tail. But the next day would change his life forever. Under the cover of darkness, poachers came upon his family and slaughtered all of them.
When park officials and rescuers from David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
came upon the adult rhinos' carcasses, they found the young rhino calf petrified and cowering next to his mother's body.
Now David, like so many other rhino calves is an orphan. One who will never learn the vital lessons his mother could have taught him to better survive in the wild. David was so tiny that rescuers — in tears from the tragic sight — were able to lift him into the back of a truck in order to take him to his new home, a rhino orphanage.
Rhinos are under threat. In total there are less than 30,000 in rhinos left on Earth separated into five different species. From the Javan rhino which numbers less than 70 to the white rhino at 20,000. These animals are all teetering on the edge. Currently, 3 rhinos are poached per day around the world.
All in all, Africa has seen a constant slaughter of their rhino population. Over the last decade more than 7,250 were killed and in South Africa — where David's family was massacred — more than 1000 alone were poached for their horns in the last year.
This cannot continue. The world demands that governments work harder than ever to protect Africa's rhinos. The world demands justice for David. Please sign the petition and tell South Africa to do more to stop the poaching and bring the killers of David's family to justice.
For more info, visit the David Shepherd Wildlife foundation