Why You Should Join Us

Help the rhino is a Dutch website made by Mark Vermeulen and Marloes Hazelhoff. After having visited South Africa several times, we learned more and more about poaching and the animals affected. For us it was no longer possible to only donate to a foundation, we wanted to take matters into our own hands.

Our Mission

Our idealistic dream is to halt the poaching of rhinos. But: poaching is a complex problem that must be viewed and tackled from different angles. What do we want to achieve? With this website we hope to convey more knowledge about the rhino and in this way let more people realize what a beautiful prehistoric animal the rhino is. We hope to share more knowledge about poaching figures and population figures and hope that this will help others understand that it is now or never for the rhino. The poaching figures are dramatic and the rhino populations have reached a low point. There are about 60 Javanese rhinos and with that it seems impossible to save the species. We want to confront poaching - no matter how horrible it is - by making it visual.

With this website we hope to receive donations that we spend on Project Rhino that is committed to measures and prevention aimed at poaching. We are working as a volunteer for Project Rhino and will be working in South Africa for this in 2019. After all, it is our mission to inspire others to do something for where your passion lies, although the goal seems impossible.

Our Values

Doing nothing is not an option! People regularly ask us why we do volunteer work in South Africa and our commitment to the rhino. They wonder if we can make a difference. Making a difference, however, always starts with yourself. If you take a good look at the poaching, it seems like an unfair fight, but if you don't do anything you will certainly have lost! We now have the opportunity to do something, even if it is small and does not seem to mean anything.

Our Solution

There is no clear-cut solution to tackle poaching problems. There are various (preventive) measures that reduce the risk of poaching, there are political dilemmas that may or may not reduce poaching, and there are legal proceedings that penalize natural crime. Only a combination of such measures will make the difference. However, these measures cost money (think of uniforms for rangers that protect parks, the de-horns of rhinos, the care of orphan rhinos). The best solution for now is to donate to an organization that tackles poaching from different perspectives, is transparent and has a great deal of knowledge about the complexity of natural crime. We therefore choose Project Rhino as an organization.