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We are in a race to save the rhino from extinction.  Why the rhino?

  • Rhinos have been on Earth for tens of millions of years. They have no natural predator except man, who is driving them to extinction because of the false belief that rhino horn has medicinal purposes. The horn is also a status symbol to display wealth.  We will not stand by and allow humans to be the reason rhinos are wiped out.  We want a world with rhinos in it for us, our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
  • Rhino are one of the “Big 5” to see on safari and are a popular tourism draw in the Eastern Himalayas. Ecotourism dollars contribute to economic growth and development.
  • Individual rhinos are valuable in and of themselves and should be protected from suffering. They are maternal creatures whose calves stay with them for up to three years. Poached rhinos are not always killed when their horn is brutally taken. Orphans often witness their mothers poached and stay by their mother’s side.
  • Rhinos are considered an umbrella species – one whose protection indirectly protects many other species that share their habitat. Other species protected when the rhino is protected include elephants, buffalo, small game, and many other animals and plants.
  • Poaching is linked to international crime including money laundering, weapon trafficking, illegal animal trade, biosecurity threats, and human rights abuses. Wildlife products are a source of income for terrorist groups and President Obama called this a major threat to national security.
  • The PARCA founders work in healthcare and cannot support “treatments” based on false information. People can treat (or avoid) minor ailments like hangovers without needing to kill an animal. People with cancer deserve to spend their money on evidence-based treatments. They do not deserve to have their hope and money stolen away while their disease is left untreated. The fact is the horn is not medicine – it is made up of keratin with deposits of calcium and melanin and is similar to horse hooves or turtle beaks. You can bite your nails for the same effect as consuming rhino horn.
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PA Rhino Conservation Advocates

PARCA has been working to help protect the rhino since 2015.  First and foremost our work raises much-needed funds to enable groups in Africa to protect and care for rhinos. We advocate for and educate the public about rhino conservation and the critical nature of this issue.  We are a U.S. public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

Our Mission

Our mission is to prevent extinction of the rhinoceros and to preserve the ecosystem in which they reside as an umbrella species.  We will accomplish our mission through fundraising to support on-the-ground efforts to save the rhino, advocacy, and education of the public.

Our Future

PARCA is working to build and expand to allow us to support many conservation efforts.  But there is no time to waste!  We must spread the word about the crisis facing rhinos so that more people are aware the issue exists.  We must help people understand why this is important.  PARCA supports a variety of efforts aimed at protecting rhinos. Each year on our blog page we will share what our efforts have supported that year. You can always see current efforts and get more timely updates from our Facebook page (PARCA, Inc.), Instagram account (parca_rhinos), and on Twitter (@PARCArhinos).

What PARCA and our partners are currently doing

PARCA has built and will continue to build partnerships with other like-minded conservation groups in Africa, all working with one single goal in mind: to protect these amazing animals and their habitat.

We will continue to build partnerships with people and organizations doing work that includes moving rhinos, caring for victims of poaching and / or their orphans, and supporting rangers.  There is much work to be done.  We invite you to join us and thank you for caring.

We are particularly proud of our first partnership with Great Plains Conservation. We formed in large part because of that partnership and we support their joint Rhinos Without Borders program that moves rhinos out of high poaching areas to areas of safety. PARCA is thrilled to share that we have now funded the move of a 2nd rhino through Rhinos Without Borders. “Liberty” will join “Franklin” and the rest of the Rhinos Without Borders-released rhinos in 2018!

We are also proud to have supported The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust located in Kenya. They have a long history of rhino conservation and we are proud to support their aerial unit whose work includes anti poaching efforts and early warning for veterinary ground teams.

PARCA’s work in 2019 will include supporting the monitoring of the translocated rhinos in Botswana and supporting the care of orphans whose moms were victims of poaching at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa. We look forward to keeping you informed about our work and thank you for your support!

Video courtesy of the Great Plains Foundation

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