An urgent and probably final appeal from John Hume to help save over 1,600 White Rhinos. If you can help in any way then please email [email protected]
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"My name is John Hume and I own and operate a White Rhino Captive Breeding Operation in the North West Province of South Africa. It has been no secret since April last year that I have been running out of the vital financial resources necessary to continue operations at Buffalo Dream Ranch. At the time my financial predicament became public knowledge, we only had reserves to carry us through to August of last year. Through the very timeous and fortunate sale of some of our rhinos to Swaziland, we managed to extend our ‘Day 0’, and have kept our rhinos safe, fed and properly protected, until now. However, the North West Province has been suffering a most severe drought, with little to no rain, and this has had a terrible impact on the natural feed available in our camps. This has forced us to buy in supplementary feed way beyond normal volumes to keep our rhinos properly fed and healthy which has exhausted the lifeline received from the Swaziland sale much faster than we anticipated. We have now reached the inevitable Day 0 on our finances and we quite simply have no financial resources left to continue caring for our herd.
We have 1642 Southern White Rhino, of which 300 are currently pregnant and due to birth over the next 16 months. This equates to nearly 10% of the world’s remaining white rhinos. No more money means no more feed deliveries from suppliers, and pressure on salaries for our nearly 100 staff so vital for the care and protection of our rhinos. The catastrophic impact of this scenario will be slow, but sadly steady starvation of these beautiful African animals, and them all being left at the mercy of poachers.
So, this is an URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP. We are heartbroken at the situation, and desperate to save our rhinos. I am now 77 years of age and need to start thinking about handing over this vital heritage project to the next generation of great rhino custodians and I am thus totally open to any suggestions or proposals that might offer a solution to our current financial predicament. These solutions could include sale of the project in its entirety, sale of a share in this project, rhino ownership schemes, ownership in only the rhino population growth, funding of security only, or even just donations for feed. Whatever the solution, it needs to happen quickly to avoid the inevitable disaster described.
Should you be a potential investor, contributor or donor interested in becoming part of the survival of this very important rhino population, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome any and all discussions on a possible way forward for our rhinos, and will be eternally grateful for your help.