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A man in upstate New York is turning 40 next month and this is great news for rhinos. 

The man is Jeremy Taylor and he has decided to donate his middle age milestone to rhinos. When he read about Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Taylor decided he needed to take action.

Sudan is guarded 24 hours a day because there is no one else like him left on earth. Coincidentally, Sudan is also 40 years old.

Last male Northern white rhino
© Jan Stejskal for Ol Pejeta Conservancy

“Sure, I could ask for money to help pay for my week in Maine this summer, or for the new camera I want to get, but this birthday I want to help save rhinos!” Taylor wrote on his fundraising page. “These magnificent creatures are facing extinction within my lifetime if something is not done. I don’t want to think of a world without rhinos.”

Taylor hopes his 40th birthday can help fund conservation efforts for these majestic animals that have been brutally slaughtered for a ridiculous superstition, bringing their numbers from 500,000 at the beginning of the 20th century down to fewer than 30,000 today.

Taylor spends much of his free time thinking about animals and the planet. He started the Earth Survey Project in 2006, which seeks to understand how people relate to the natural world. In engaging people from around the globe to answer questions about their relationship to our planet, Taylor hopes to ultimately encourage active participation in helping to save it. Taylor has received over 700 responses to his online survey, according to the project’s Facebook page, ranging from scientists and environmentalists to religious leaders, schoolchildren and villagers in Nairobi.

“I may never have a chance to travel to see these magnificent animals in the wild,” Taylor said in a statement. “But if I do, I hope that there are still some left to see!”

Taylor’s birthday is on July 18th and those who wish to donate can do so up until the end of that day.


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