- 18 July 2014 | Environment
Jordy Smith, Kelly Slater and Martin Potter have visited the Chipembere Rhino Foundation to help raise awareness about the conservation of rhinos, in South Africa.
Pro surfers want to help rhinoceros. In the first semester of 2014, more than 500 rhinos have been killed in South Africa because of their horns, which are falsely believed to have healing and medicinal properties.
"I was astounded by the number of the rhinos that are killed each year. There are only about 25,000 rhinos left in the world, and last year alone over 1,000 were killed in South Africa," explains Kelly Slater.
Smith, Potter and Slater visited the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of these herbivores.
"They are such an iconic animal and their value to us is indescribable. We are not going to solve the crisis from within South Africa. The whole global community has to get behind this. If we don't get that message out we won't ever be able to stop what's happening," adds Dr. William Fowlds.
South Africa is home to 73% of the world's rhino population. The rhinos are so mellow; they're gentle giants, and that makes it so unbelievable what people do to them," concludes Jordy Smith.