|Skintrade tattoos and “Space for Elephants” who are co-founders of “Project Rhino” have put together an initiative that will display the public’s resolve, get people talking, and get the funds necessary for the equipment. The initiative is called “Mark of the Rhino” and is basically a permanent tattoo that is placed somewhere on your body, preferably somewhere visible as we want to get people talking about this issue. It is a permanent tattoo and will really show how serious we, and thousands of other people, see this threat to our wildlife as being.
Cost: R900 and includes rhino tattoo 6-7cm, certificate and listing on our site. (Proceeds go to Project Rhino KZN)
Where: Skintrade tattoos, DBN, JNB, CPT, and road shows to rest of the country, shopping malls, festivals, fairs etc.
When: launches 1st December 2012
Contact: contact Skintrade tattoos
JNB Phone: 071 168 4789
CPT Phone: 076 025 2410
DBN Phone: 071 513 7384
HELP SAVE THE RHINOS:
With 570 rhinos poached just this year, the future of these magnificent animals is looking extremely bleak. The determination of the poachers has vastly outweighed the ability and resources of the people who are fighting to protect them. For 100 years rhino have been subject to conservation efforts, but in spite of this, the population has plummeted by 90 percent since the 70’s.
From only 7 rhino poached in year 2000, the devastation has escalated to the point where a rhino is poached every 16 hours on average. The poachers have access to vast resources and are very technologically advanced, even using helicopters to track and kill the Rhino’s. The reserves where the last rhinos live have become veritable warzones, and rhino populations are under siege every day.
To try and counter the threat, each and every rhino needs to be guarded individually. This costs a lot of money to achieve. Specialized guards need to be trained, communications put in place, night vision supplied to surveillance stations and to the individual guards, horses need to be purchased and housed, vehicles need to be prepared and maintained, a helicopter needs to be purchased and fuelled and specialized unmanned aerial vehicles need to be deployed..
When a country goes into battle they have massive war chests available to them, the war against poachers is reliant on an outraged public to get us our funding to take the battle directly to the poachers. We need to get serious and stay serious!!
THE 'MARK OF THE RHINO' INITIATIVE:
Skintrade tattoos and “Space for Elephants” who are co-founders of “Project Rhino” have put together an initiative that will display the public’s resolve, get people talking, and get the funds necessary for the equipment. The initiative is called “Mark of the Rhino” and is basically a permanent tattoo that is placed somewhere on your body, preferably somewhere visible as we want to get people talking about this issue. It is a permanent tattoo and will really show how serious we, and thousands of other people, see this threat to our wildlife as being.
The Mark of the Rhino will be around 6-8cms square, a silhouetted, tribal style tattoo of a rhino, designed to represent the black, white and even Sumatran rhino, and a unique code beneath it in roman numerals. The code will be individualised for each and every donors tattoo. Along with the tattoo, they will also receive a certificate with their name which will also be placed on the website next to their individual number.
Your own name, company name, or a pseudonym can be used. Companies can also buy multiple “marks” and give them out to suppliers, staff members or customers. Individuals can buy marks for family and friends and they will make great Christmas gifts...a gift that you can’t lose or break...and that WILL make a difference in the war against poachers.
The mark will cost donors R900 and take around 10 to 15 minutes to get done and will have a lifetime guarantee. It takes around a week to a week and a half to heal and doesn’t require much aftercare.
The “mark” can be purchased at any Skintrade Tattoos shop .They are award winning artists and have done plenty of shows and tattoo conventions, including the BMX world championships, international tattoo conventions in South Africa, and the Sexpo show to name but a few, They are located in DBN, JNB and CPT, but they will also be doing road shows around South and Southern Africa. They will be appearing at shopping malls, festivals, fairs and markets in many areas. Addresses for the shops can be found on the website and details of the road shows will be posted there too. It will be launched in the 3 main cities to start with and rolled out nationally, and then international as quickly as possible. We have a number of celebrities that are already lining up to get their “mark” and a lot of the “project Rhino” members will be at the launch getting theirs.
The war against rhino poachers can and WILL be won. A militant stance towards the poachers themselves, driven and fuelled by public funding and a trained, armed and adequately equipped crew dedicated to this very difficult task will see the rhino population rebounding within the next few years, provided we ALL participate in the fight in one way or another.