Adopt a Rhino

With their horn now exceeding the price of gold, more than 8,800 African rhinos have slaughtered by poachers in the last 10 years.

Adopt a rhino today, and help David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) as we:

  • Fight for an end in the trade of rhino horn by ensuring the toughest legislation measures are enacted.
  • Protect the remaining population of desert-adapted black rhinos by supporting research and monitoring programmes in Namibia.
  • Engage children and communities by funding educational workshops to nurture an interest and awareness in rhino conservation.

What’s included?

  • A personalised certificate, species fact sheet, animal bio sheet and photo.
  • Wildlife Matters supporter magazine.
  • A beautiful rhino sketch print by wildlife artist David Shepherd CBE.
  • Optional unique hand knitted toy made by Little Ndaba a women’s community group in Zambia.

Adoption packs are only available to be posted within the UK. Alternatively you can opt to receive a digital adoption pack via sent email.

How your adoption could help rhinos

  • Just £3 per month (or £36 per year) could deliver vital education to school children on the importance of rhinos and their role in the ecosystem.
  • Only £5 per month (or £47 per year) could protect one of the last strongholds of the desert adapted black rhino in Namibia.
  • £10 per month (or £60 per year) could fund K9 dog units working in the Assam region, India to prevent poaching and combat wildlife crime.

Meet our Rhino species ambassador, Inka

Adopt a rhino
Image credit: Skyhawk Photography

There are two species of African rhino – black and white. Inka is a particularly special type of black rhino – she is a desert-adapted black rhino, only found in the Namib Desert. The desert-dwelling rhinos are the last free-ranging population of black rhino in the worldroaming over 25,000km² of desert habitat with no enclosed fences. 90% of all desert-adapted black rhino, like Inka, live in the remote and rugged landscapes DSWF is helping to safeguard.

By adopting Inka, you are allowing DSWF to continue our vital work researching and collecting data on these unique black rhinos and their habitat in Namibia. This research is essential when developing future conservation strategies. 

Why your adoption is so important

Poaching is the biggest threat to all rhino species. Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same compound as human fingernails and pangolin scales. The horn is ground up and used in Chinese traditional medicines, despite no scientific proof of having any medicinal value.

DSWF has been proud supporters of African rhino species and the Indian one-horned rhino since our inception in 1984. We work on rhino protection initiatives on the frontline of conservation efforts, as well as lobbying for a total ban on the international trade in rhino horn.

We work with ground-based conservation partners protecting desert-adapted black rhinos in Namibia, and with the greater one horned rhino in India where we fund K-9 anti-poaching dog patrols and a conservation education project for children in addition to demand reduction campaigns around the consumptive use of rhino horn in Asia.

We aim to dispatch postal orders within 7 working days of purchase. Postal orders are sent with Royal Mail standard 2nd class and may be affected by Royal Mail Strike action. Tracking is unavailable. International delivery is unavailable. Please order by 15th December for delivery in time for Christmas.