By Ellie Jones-Perrott (U6, A)
Through my Chapel talk I hoped to show people the desperate situation that the remaining three Northern White Rhinos left on the planet are in. I live on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and have helped to look after them for the past seven years; the plight that rhinos face is very real to me and something I feel extremely strongly about. I explained that, with Kenya's rhino population rapidly declining, the only way of conserving them is through 24-hour armed protection.
I showed pictures of a baby Southern White Rhino called Ringo, whom I have cared for over the past year. Having been abandon by his mother due to a stomach defect, my family took him in and he was later adopted by The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr. Amazingly, his stomach defect healed and he soon become good friends with Sudan (the last male Northern White Rhino remaining). During the summer holidays Ringo sadly past away due to unknown causes and, although this was heart-breaking, the time I spent with him really highlighted the need for more people to know about the threats these animals face and what College students can do to help.
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