Wilderness Foundation Africa hosted an event at the Asian International School in Ho Chi Minh city on 19 September week to commemorate World Rhino Day 2018.
A group consisting of 300 school children, dignitaries and partners of the Wild Rhino | Vietnam, be my Hero campaign stood together to celebrate the existence of rhino, recognize the conservation efforts to protect this magnificent species and to highlight the campaign vision to stop the demand for rhino horn.
During proceedings, guests assisted with positioning pieces of a puzzle together, symbolizing the commitment of people from Vietnam and South Africa working together to stop the demand for rhino horn. The act of putting together this life-size puzzle of a rhino with the messaging DON’T USE RHINO HORN was filmed by a drone and the material will be disseminated via social media platforms, with the intent of reaching not only the Vietnamese market, but the world.
Mr Matthew Norval and Ms Cheryl Reynolds of Wilderness Foundation Africa were in Vietnam for 10 days in order to launch the 3rd phase of the popular Wild Rhino competition at 15 participating schools in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as to host a seminar at Hoa Sen University of Saturday, 22 September 2018 on Demand Reduction of Wildlife Products. With close to 200 university students attending the seminar and viewing a wildlife exhibition, the message of the urgency of protecting rhino and elephant will be imparted in the mind of these students.
Ms Almut Roessner, Executive Director of EuroCHAM, and Mr Thanh Bui, CEO of SOUL Corporation positioning the final piece of the rhino puzzle.
Mr Matthew Norval, COO of Wilderness Foundation Africa with a student from The Asian International School