“Rhino extinction is not just a problem for Africa, but for the world”

Yang Wonjun

“Consumption of rhino horn is a false and selfish luxury. It is not a symbol of status”

Hoàng Diệu An

“Purchasing rhino horn is the equivalent of paying for death. Do you really want that on your conscience?”

Nguyễn Ngọc Bích

YOUTH AMBASSADORS CAMPAIGN


Vietnamese youth from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) are appealing to their friends, family and peers to stop using rhino horn.  In July 2017, the lives of 11 students from various international schools in HCMC were forever altered by their experiences during a six-day hiking trail and educational workshop in the South African wilderness (https://www.wildrhino.org/can-make-difference/).  Since returning home, these Wild Rhino Youth Ambassadors – passionately motivated by their new-found knowledge of and respect for nature and wildlife – have run various awareness campaigns to educate the people of Vietnam on the rhino poaching crisis.  This week sees the launch of a poster campaign, presenting a personal appeal from each ambassador.

The demand for rhino horn in Asian countries remains one of the main driving forces behind the escalation in poaching of rhinos in Southern Africa, with more than 80% of illegally trafficked rhino horn passing through Vietnam either for local use or for export to other countries, such as China.

In response to this, Wilderness Foundation Africa – in partnership with SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy, Peace Parks Foundation and Olsen Animal Trust – implements the Wild Rhino demand reduction campaign that aims to educate and engage Vietnamese youth on the issue of rhino poaching through three separate yet cohesive components: the Wild Rhino Competition, the Youth Ambassador Awareness and Education Campaign, and the Rhino Ranger Super Hero Campaign.

The overarching goal of these components is to incite passion for conservation, whilst motivating these young people not to use rhino horn. In addition, they are encouraged to assist in saving the rhino by becoming vocal ambassadors for the cause in their communities – and the poster campaign assists them in doing just that. As the faces and voices of this visual awareness campaign that is distributed throughout their schools and on various social media channels, the ambassadors are given a platform through which to share their message with their peers, family, friends and a broader Vietnamese audience. “Because when the youth speaks, the adults will listen” – Thanh Bui, Wild Rhino Ambassador and CEO of SOUL Corporation.

Since the launch of the first Wild Rhino Competition in 11 participating schools in Ho Chi Minh City  in 2014, the campaign has reached about 25 000 Vietnamese youth directly, and nearly 1 million youth indirectly through campaign and youth ambassador social media activities.

Look out for the Wild Rhino Youth Ambassador posters at the following participating schools in Ho Chi Minh City and on the Wild Rhino social media channels (FB: @wildrhinovietnam; Instagram: wildrhino.vietnambemyhero; #vietnambemyhero).

Participating Schools:

  • The ABC International School
  • Saigon South International School
  • Renaissance International School
  • American International School
  • The Asian International School
  • Australian International School
  • The American School (TAS)
  • Canadian International School
  • Singapore International School
  • International School of Ho Chi Minh City

HOW YOU CAN HELP


 

As long as there is a demand – which means there are people in the world who believe that rhino horn holds value and will pay for the horn – wildlife criminals will continue to poach rhinos.  Many of the people who still buy rhino horn do so because they don’t have the correct facts about the horn, how it is obtained and the devastating impact it is having on the conservation of rhino.

As the next generation who hold the future of this world in their hands, YOU can join this global effort.  You can become the voice of the rhino by sharing the facts and motivating those around you to STOP USING RHINO HORN.  If you teach just one person and that person educates another, soon the ripple effect will spread the word far and wide and ensure that the demand for rhino horn stops.  And when the demand for rhino horn stops, then the killing will end.

THE 2017/2018 YOUTH AMBASSADORS


 

Hoàng Diệu An

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Hoang Dieu An

“Consumption of rhino horn is a false and selfish luxury. It is not a symbol of status”

Chang Nam

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Chang Nam

“Never doubt your ability to make positive changes for the rhino crisis. It will only be too late when we give up”

Trần Nguyễn Giáng Tiên

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Tran Nguyen Giang Tien

“All of us are fearful for our planet, so let’s take steps today to protect our future”

Nguyễn Việt Đức

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Nguyen Viet Duc

“Humans are the greatest threat to rhinos… but we are also their only hope for survival”

Choi Chan Gyu

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Choi Chan Gyu

“Rhino horn is nothing more than human hair and fingernails”

Nguyễn Hà Chi

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Nguyen ha Chi

“Rhinos are endangered due to the demand for rhino horn. What will happen after the rhinos are all gone?”

Cho Haryoung

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Cho Haryoung

“The rhinos don’t deserve pain and death, and we don’t deserve their horns”

Nguyễn Ngọc Bích

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Nguyen Ngoc Bich

“Purchasing rhino horn is the equivalent of paying for death. Do you really want that on your conscience?”

Yang Wonjun

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Yang Wonjun

“Rhino extinction is not just a problem for Africa, but for the world”

Lee Seoyeong

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Lee Seoyeong

“The rhinos will be extinct in the next four years if the human race does not change”

Phan Lê Hạ Long

Wild Rhino 2018 Ambassador - Phan Le Ha Long

“The stories of the rhinos are ones that connect the past, the present and the future. Let them be heard”

THE 2015/2016 YOUTH AMBASSADORS


 

Nguyễn Tuấn Hải

Nguyễn Tuấn Hải

“It is now up to us to make sure that in 100 years’ time the rhino will still be around.”

Tran Thi Phuong Anh

Tran Thi Phuong Anh

“The rhino is extremely threatened. We need to stop poaching before the damage is irreversible.”

Catherine Tran Ngoc Anh

Catherine Tran Ngoc Anh

“The rhino is a symbol of history. It is part of mother nature, something that we wouldn’t be here without. Let’s save the rhino!”

Tran Tam Nhu

Tran Tam Nhu

“We are not too young to make changes”

Do Thanh Chau

Do Thanh Chau

“Would biting our finger nails help improve our health? No! So don’t buy rhino horn.”

Kim Hyung Min

Kim Hyung Min

“Earth is not just for humans but for all, including endangered species like rhinos.”

Jean-Paul Jankowski

Jean-Paul Jankowski

“We need to make people feel ashamed of consuming rhino horns.”

Hồ Đắc Thái Thanh

Hồ Đắc Thái Thanh

“Future generations should see animals with their own eyes, not just in textbooks, or websites.”

Nguyễn Anh Tuấn

Nguyễn Anh Tuấn

“Hunting rhino is a terrible crime and we should stop it immediately.”

Nguyen Quynh Bao Han

Nguyen Quynh Bao Han

“The fate of the rhino is in our hands – we can make a difference.”

Capucine Moreau

Capucine Moreau

“To save the rhinos, we must change the minds of children and teenagers.”

Nguyễn Phúc Trầm Thanh

Nguyễn Phúc Trầm Thanh

“Friends, it’s up to us to stop the problem of rhino poaching.”

Truong Quang Hai

Truong Quang Hai

“We need to talk with our families and friends about the harmful effects of killing rhinos for their horns.”

Truong Quoc Viet

Truong Quang Hai

“Wrung my heart dry as i scrolled through the images of the peaceful South African rhinoceros’ carved faces bleeding to death while hunters uproot their horns.”