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 in rhino range states by funding educational workshops to nurture an interest and awareness in rhino conservation.

What’s included?

  • An adoption folder containing 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.

Adopt a rhino now

If you would like to adopt a rhino, you can choose a regular monthly payment or a one off payment. Both offer differing pack options such as a physical pack by post (with or without a toy) to a UK address or a digital pack via email (does not include sketch or toy). Alternatively, if you have an existing DSWF adoption, you can renew this via a monthly payment or a one off payment.

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.

Why your adoption is so important

DSWF has been proud supporters of both the African rhino and the Indian one-horned rhino since our inception in 1984.

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.

Poaching is now a threat to rhinos across their range. At DSWF we are working 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.

In addition to our work with desert-adapted black rhinos in Namibia, your rhino adoption also supports our conservation work in India – funding K-9 anti-poaching dog patrols and an educational outreach project for children.

Your rhino adoption also supports demand reduction campaigns around the consumptive use of rhino horn in Asia.

Meet our Rhino species ambassador, Inka

Image of our rhino species ambassador, Inka.
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. 

We aim to dispatch postal orders within 7 working days of purchase. Postal orders are sent with Royal Mail standard 2nd class. Tracking is unavailable. International delivery is unavailable.