Young SA Rhino Hero Honoured in Mail & Guardian Top 200

“We have chosen these 200 young South Africans for their feats of brilliance as individuals,” says the Mail & Guardian’s website when describing its Top 200 Young South Africans.

“They remind us that the pursuit of a better world is never in vain. Mostly, these young people remind us that we are not so alone in the world.”

Ten-year-old Hunter Mitchel is among those honoured for his efforts in rhino conservation. The young conservationist’s campaign has gone international, raising over R120 000 for rhino conservation.

His campaign began in 2015 when Mitchel heard about an abandoned baby rhino, Osita, who needed to be cared for. “It costs over R15 000 a month to look after these amazing guys so if you can help me to help them please do! Even if it’s just a tiny bit, or if you a company and can help a big bit. Thanks for always being with me on my journey to be the change for our rhino,” says Hunter on his Facebook page.

Osita was born in December 2015 but was abandoned by his mother at birth. The staff at the Aquila Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre helped to raise him and rehabilitate him. The organisation does the same for baby rhinos orphaned through poaching.

“Such an honour to be on this year’s Mail & Guardian #MG200Young list. Another platform for our rhino voices to be heard!” posted Hunter on his Twitter page.

Take a look at his original video below.