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Eight-year-old girl sells chocolates to save rhinos

If due to the latest news about the increase in hunting pachyderms you have asked yourself the question of how to save rhinos, you will definitely like this story.

Alyssa Carter is an eight-year-old girl who sells chocolates in order to save rhinos. Fortunately these “obese unicorns” as some animal lovers call them, can have a truly committed advocate:

“When I heard that rhinos were killed, they were my favorite animals and I wanted to start this,” says Alyssa Carter, who is still in elementary school.

Her campaign,  Alyssa’s Save the Rhinos , has raised thousands of dollars to protect her favorite animal, the South African rhino threatened by hunters, and funded an innovative scheme aimed at tracking down hunters who mistreat them.

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Alyssa sells handmade chocolates for $ 0.85 at her school. So far, she has raised more than $ 23,000 by adding the income from chocolate sales and donations from the growing number of people who fill the halls when the young activist gives a talk.

Save the rhinos

Her father, Brian Carter, says that Alyssa found out about the endangered animals situation and began to cry when she heard that rhinos were killed by hunters. The family that night set out to do something to help, agreeing that chocolates were a good thing to start with.

For more than a year he has sold chocolates every Friday at his Johannesburg school and now his supply has grown with rhino prints, popsicles, dried meat and some woven rhino-shaped toys created by a fan who learned about his efforts to create. fundraising to save these animals.

Dogs that detect hunters

“What Alyssa wanted to do was give the money to buy trained dogs to enter the Kruger National Park,” says her father. There, the rangers fight an exhaustive battle with the hunters to prevent the extinction and mistreatment of the rhinos, whose horn is prized for supposed “magical properties” according to Asian traditions.

The dogs trained joined the park for the first time in 2012. If the dogs “are a dead rhino, can smell where hunters are , ” says Alyssa Carter, allowing the Rangers to track the hunters.

The dogs will soon patrol the park entrance in order to detect weapons that hunters are trying to enter and smuggle, including rhino horn.

Kruger Park is the largest wildlife reserve in South Africa and authorities report increased contact with suspected hunters with rangers stating that 164 were arrested in the park over the course of the year.

Alyssa doesn’t feel nervous talking to others about her experience saving rhinos, standing in front of 700 students at a school in December and nearly 300 adults at a development conference for the year. She says it’s easy to talk to adults when you’re a kid, but as long as your father is by your side.

Brian Carter, Alissa’s father, says that he had not been involved in these types of causes before little Alyssa started her campaign and that the whole family has caught the enthusiasm of the young activist. Now among Alyssa’s new goals is to speak at more corporate events, including business golf days where she found success encouraging entrepreneurs to contribute to the cause.

“The bottom line is that we need to raise more money,” says Brian, “and we need to sell more chocolates.”

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Sherry Fluharty, is an Activist, animal activist, community manager, and blogger at Tom Cat Wiki in order to make people aware of the responsible ownership of pets. And in charge of writing content and responsible for the project.