Rhinos are the most endangered large animal in the world today, and an epic, global battle is being waged to ensure their survival.
Hi! My team and I are making a documentary about an extraordinary, 50 year battle being waged by two very different African families to save their kingdom’s endangered wildlife.
In the small, sovereign, African kingdom of Swaziland, all of the native big game had gone locally extinct as early as 1960 from hunting, poaching, and habitat loss. This was when a young Ted Reilly - now known as the father of Swazi Conservationism - set about to create Swaziland’s first nature sanctuary and bring the animals back. His success eventually won him the support of the beloved late King Sobhuza II, the longest reigning monarch in the known-world, and together they worked to establish Swaziland’s first national park. Due to the support and passion of Swaziland’s current king, King Mswati III, and Ted’s son, Mick, Swaziland has continued to flourish as an international eco-tourist destination and a bastion of rhino safety. But, with the Chinese government recently backing a new "scientific study" of rhino horn (giving an implicit nod to otherwise illegal international procurement), it is now worth more than its weight in gold on the international black market, and the result is that surrounding South Africa is currently losing a rhino a day to international organized crime rings. The Rhino Wars have been brought back to Africa, and the fate of Swaziland’s (and the world’s) rhino population hangs in the balance.
To help bring the plight of the rhino to the world’s attention we are also making a pair of educational videos to be released on the web in over a dozen languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Arabic - languages spoken where the illegal markets for rhino horn are the strongest. Our first video can be seen here.
We know rhinos aren’t the cutest animals in the world. (Well, we think they’re pretty cute...) But they are majestic, amazing animals that represent some of our planet’s last great megafauna and stand as a symbol of what our species is doing to every other. Rhinos have existed on this planet for millions of years and have always been a part of the human experience, sparking our imagination and wonder. And now because some have decided that their horns are worth more than gold, we are about to wipe them out.
We don’t want rhinos to disappear - and this is a solvable problem. Through education, legislation, and the development of a global voice we can bring them back from the brink of extinction. In terms of our projects, we’ve already finished filming in Africa and now we’re in the post production phase. Your contribution will make all the difference in just how polished our end result will be and every single cent donated will go straight towards post-production costs. Because everyone has so far worked for free (most especially John Mans, our Emmy-nominated, veteran nature and adventure cinematographer) or for drastically reduced rates, we’ve been able to capture something really remarkable and worthy of reaching as large an audience as possible, and now we just need that final push! Please help us to get the word out about our project and to help turn the tide for the world's rhinos! Thank you!
P.S. You can check out our team's other great projects @
The Rhino Wars
Please take five minutes to learn about the world's rhinos and why they are being driven to extinction. AND what we can do about it!
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Aug 8, 2011 - Sep 7, 2011
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A true THANK YOU for contributing whatever you can! (Besides, some of our favorite people are 12 and under and we know their piggie banks aren't that big!)Estimated delivery: Sep 2011
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Our sincere gratitude and a free online download of the documentary once it's completed!Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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Again, a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts, the online download, a signed DVD hardcopy of the documentary, and a "Thank You For Your Support!" credit in the documentary! (And we won't rush through the names, either - your name deserves to be read!)Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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All of the above, plus we will donate a Nokero Solar Light Bulb to a Swazi school child in your name! For more information about the awesome benefits of Nokero Solar Light Bulbs check out this video of Andi, one of our producers, handing them out to Swazi school children! www.vimeo.com/25728965Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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The above, plus we'll put you in the "Very Special Thanks - Above and Beyond the Call" category in the credits; and we'll donate another Nokero solar bulb to the Swaziland Big Game Park rangers who risk their lives everyday to protect their kingdom's rhinos and other critically endangered animals. And believe us, the rangers really do use these awesome lights in the bush!Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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All of the above, except that we'll donate TEN Nokero solar light bulbs in your name to go to both Swazi school children and Swazi park rangers, and you'll receive a handwritten note from the people at BGP in Swaziland expressing their thanks for your gift of light and show of support for their efforts to save Swaziland's wildlife.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
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The above, plus - if you're planning a trip to Swaziland anytime within the next 18 months, a personal introduction to the BGP crew and a once in a lifetime, off the beaten path, personal open jeep tour of one of the Swazi Big Game Parks with Ted Reilly himself doing the driving! The kind of tour that regular safari tourist can only dream of!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013
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Okay, we're going to make a big leap in pledge level here! This is for businesses or individuals that want to officially sponsor our documentary - like the super people at Nokero have done. This means that we'll proudly and respectfully include your name/logo/links in everything we do and let the world know that you're helping the world's rhinos. And hey, if you're a person - not a company - we'll give you the choice of being listed any way you like - as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, a sponsor, an ANGEL!Estimated delivery: Sep 2011
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Just throwing this one out there! We'd love to have another Executive Producer on board and that person could be you! Contact us for details.Estimated delivery: Sep 2011