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African adventurers are standing up for rhinos

A group of adventurers based in South Africa and Zimbabwe have launched a rather ambitious project to become the first ever to ride the rapids of the Zambezi River on stand up paddleboards.

Traditionally, stand up paddleboards or sup’s are used for calm waters, but this group are set to battle it out in the rapids for a good cause.

Aside from battling the huge rapids, the group have an even greater objective in mind; to raise money for the protection and care of orphaned baby rhinos in South Africa.

Rhino poaching has reached appalling levels in Africa due to a demand from countries which still believe Rhino horn has medicinal properties, despite significant scientific evidence to the contrary.

In South Africa alone, three to four rhinos are killed every single day for their horns, which would result in rhinos being completely extinct within the next decade if action is not taken.

Shane Raw is one of the members taking part in the project and an experienced whitewater kayaker has spoken about the project, saying:

“At the end of the day we could just do this for the bragging rights, but all of us feel strongly that it would be much more meaningful if it were to translate into real benefits for a deserving cause, and there are few causes more deserving than Care for Wild, a non-profit organisation whose primary focus is an orphanage for baby rhinos whose mothers have been brutally killed by rhino horn poachers.”

The Zambezi River in the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls – or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) as it is known locally, is well-known for having the biggest commercially rafted rapids in the world.

These rapids are also known to be very tough to navigate and has been known to flip kayaks with ease. However, the team are confident in their abilities and are sure their feat will attract attention for the cause.

Raw added, “We hope that the public from all walks of life will ‘stand up’ with us and get behind this cause, open their hearts and their wallets to support the work done at Care for Wild. Every single cent that we are able to raise will go directly to Care for Wild. We don’t want anything out of this other than to know that we were able to help in what will hopefully be a significant way.”

If you would like more information on the project and to donate, you can find it at the following link:http://standup4rhinos.org/.

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