History of Blankets For Baby Rhinos
Founded by wildlife fundraiser Sue Brown and veterinary surgeon Elisa Best in November 2016, BFBR is now home to over 3000 members worldwide.
Started quiet by accident, after Elisa and Sue discussed knitting a few squares to make some blankets for a rhino orphanage in Natal. The carers had noticed that the orphaned rhino, mainly victims of poaching had not only found warmth but also comfort from blankets when they first arrived at the orphanage. They also thought that asking people to knit squares would generate more awareness of the crisis affecting rhino worldwide.
The group grew rapidly and soon Sue and Elisa needed help to run the Facebook page. It is currently run by Sue, Elisa and Nita Smith as well as moderators Julia Nicholson and Valerie Means.
The blankets were transported by Sue’s husband and daughter both of whom work in the airline industry and various coordinators across the globe acted as collectors of blankets.
We soon became a victim of our own success and after articles in the BBC, Independent and New York Times, we were soon inundated with more blankets than we could cope with. We have therefore tried to use our crafts to raise funds ( sales and raffles) to offer support to our beneficiaries by purchasing much needed equipment and animal feed (rhino milk, meerkat feed, elephant milk, dog feed for anti-poaching dogs) WE do not donate funds directly and all equipment remains our property.
We hope to be able to continue to expand and help those organisations helping our wildlife worldwide. We strictly have no paid staff and we are all volunteers. We will occasionally help to cover transport costs but we try and use any funds to help wildlife directly and ask that our members to cover costs over their own materials to create crafts. All our items are unique and handmade with love by our members.