Vanessa Wiesenmaier-Hopkins

"The goal was to create awareness and educate the local people about the crisis our rhinos"

In 2015 Vanessa and her sister cycled from Hong Kong to Singapore in a bid to create awareness around the rhino poaching crisis happening in Africa and particularly in our home country – South Africa. They called their campaign ‘Buy No Rhino’.  The journey took them 8 months, covering 6,000km on bicycles. They crossed through 8 countries, starting in Hong Kong and went through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and finished in Singapore.

Their emphasis was specifically on Vietnam which is allegedly responsible for 80% of the rhino horn consumer market. The goal was to create awareness and educate the local people about the crisis our rhinos are in due to the ever increasing rhino horn demand.

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