It's World Rhino Day today, which is all about raising money and awareness for conservation and protection of these amazing and endangered species. 

Why do Rhino and wild animals need our help?

"Because so much money can be made from rhino horn, large-scale organised criminal syndicates are engaged in wildlife trafficking.

And their methods are getting more sophisticated – helicopters, GPS and tranquiliser darts are all being deployed in these ruthless and barbaric criminal activities.

As a consequence, for the last 5 years the amount of Rhino poaching has increased dramatically.  In 2012 668 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone - nearly 50% more than in 2011. Tragically 2013 is likely to be another record-breaking year in South Africa as 553 rhinos have already been killed for their horns." -- Source WWF


I wrote The See-Through Leopard to try and raise awareness to the plight of wild animals at the hands of the poaching and wildlife trafficking industry. These creatures face horrific fates every day. They don’t have a voice, but we do.  

Although this book is fiction, it’s based on the sad fact that thousands of animals are dying every year due to poaching and wildlife trafficking. The only thing that stands in the way of these animals and extinction is us. Together we can all do something to stop this happening. We can help to spread the word. We can lobby our governments to provide better laws and protection. We can educate people.

We can get involved with and support reputable conservation organizations. We can care enough to do something. 
When they’re gone, they’re gone. Please don’t let it be too late. 

"A percentage of the royalties from the sale of this book will be contributed to Panthera, a leading international conservation organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the world's big cats, plus other wildlife conservation groups." 

To celebrate World Rhino Day today I'm going to give away 5 ebook copies of The See-Through Leopard. All you have to do is leave a comment to this post and I'll pick the winners on Wed 25th Sept.

Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed with wildlife documentaries. I even wanted to marry David Attenborough when I grew up! Every chance I got (and still do), I’d watch the spectacular footage of these animals in their natural habitats. Their beauty and intelligence never fails to amaze me. We have a unique relationship with animals. They have the ability to create so much happiness in our lives and open our hearts. I believe what we do to them, we do to humankind.

About The See-Through Leopard

From bestselling and award winning author, Sibel Hodge, comes a inspirational coming of age novel...

Most sixteen-year-old girls are obsessed with their looks, but Jazz Hooper's obsessed for a different reason. After a car accident that kills her mum, Jazz is left with severe facial scars and retreats into a dark depression.

Fearing what will happen if Jazz doesn't recover, her dad makes a drastic decision to move them from England to a game reserve in Kenya for a new start. And when Jazz finds an orphaned leopard cub, it sets off a chain of events that lead her on a two year journey of discovery, healing, and love.


What readers are saying about The See-Through Leopard:

"The author has captured the survival of the human spirit and brought it lovingly to the pages of The See-Through Leopard. Highly recommended."

"Best book I've read this year."

"In this beautifully poignant novel, Sibel gently leads us through Jazz's recovery and return to normality. Some powerful lessons are learnt along the way."

"The See-Through Leopard by the talented Sibel Hodge is a book that will touch both your heart and your spirit."

"I consider the book to be not just for coming of age readers, but for anyone who loves a story about victory in spiritual and mental healing, young love and saving a darling leopard cub."

"Sibel Hodge crafts a wonderful story that goes beyond entertainment into the world of impassioned people who care about all species on this earth."

"Conflict, controversy, drama, heroism, life altering events all come together to bring a suspenseful story to a full circle of life."

"This is a heartwarming tale for readers of all ages."

"I found this to be a gripping, moving and thought-provoking read."

"The See Through Leopard is a lovely story about fighting for survival, healing, and recognizing that our scars don't define us."

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Some big names are lending their support to the global atrocity that is wildlife trafficking and poaching. Barack Obama has pledged to get involved, and it's also fantastic news that both the Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham are joining forces to fight against illegal wildlife products (you can read their article at Telegraph's website). Actor Tom Hardy has also recently presented the documentary Poaching Wars, and I applaud them all for their efforts to try and do something about the illegal trafficking in wild animals, which is now the third largest criminal industry in the world. For these animals to survive, we must make a change now. Not in two years, or one year, or even six months. The ugly truth is that some animals won’t be around in six months from now. 

I'd also like to take the opportunity to a big thank you to all wildlife rangers, who often risk their lives on a daily basis, trying to keep these animals safe in very difficult conditions. These rangers work for very poor pay, but their strength and compassion should also be celebrated today. 


Find out about other World Rhino Day Activities going on and how to get involved from Save The Rhino's Website

As Sir David Attenbrough so rightly said: “The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the earth.”  

Please do all you can to help raise awareness and save the world's rhino and wildlife populations from poaching and wildlife trafficking. 

Peace and Love   Black heart (cards) 

 
Sibel XX