Frankie’s fight to save rhinos!
The six-year-old has planned a project to help protect the world’s rarest rhinos…
Six-year-old Frankie’s on a mission to save rhinos, and he wants YOUR help!
After discovering that there are only three northern white rhinos left in the world, Frankie Benstead decided to launch a fundraising project called ‘RhinosUp‘.
He’s hoping to raise a whooping £48,000 – that’s about the amount that a poached rhino horn might fetch on the black market!
Rhinos face a tough time out there in the wild — people kill them to use their horns in traditional ‘medicine’ and ornamental carvings, but in truth, rhino horns are made from nothing more than keratin – the same stuff your fingernails are made of!
Frankie is fundraising for Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, which is home to the last three northern white rhinos on the planet — here they are kept under constant guard to protect them from poachers.
His message is that poaching and extinction has to end. Working with Fauna & Flora International, his idea is to create a living sculpture out of bee-friendly plants in the shape of a northern white rhino.
Frankie hopes his flowerbed will make people think about what is happening to rhinos and see it as a terrible example of the impact that humankind can have.
“Like the loss of habitats threatens our bees here in this part of the world, I hope this piece of public art will remind us about how we are all connected,” Frankie says.
He says he wants “the flowers to come UP and the rhinos to come UP from the dead. That’s why I call it RhinosUp.”
The funds will go to support Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s work to protect rhinos. Not only is the conservancy home to the last three northern white rhinos, it also boasts East Africa’s largest population of black rhinos – another critically endangered species.
You can find out more about Frankie’s fundraising here: rhinosup.com.