EcoNews Report: That Guy Biking A Rhino Down 101

May 11, 2017

Rhino Rider spotted on 101 south of Orick, CA
Credit John Montague - used with permission

Have you seen a rhino on 101? 

Matt Meyer of RhinoRide.org tells Tom Wheeler that he's not a cyclist. He is, however, a safari guide and conservationist who says that a rhino is poached once every 8 hours. 

He's towing  this sculpture by bike down the west coast, which he says is "home to some of the most intense illicit wildlife trade in the US."

In this episode, Wheeler drops a pop quiz on Meyer as they discuss the plight of the rhino. [Click for video]

Credit Facebook - Rhino Ride
According to RhinoRide: 

This Spring, Matt Meyer will travel from South Africa to cycle nearly 2,000 miles from Blaine, WA to San Diego, CA pulling a life-sized rhino statue, stopping in various communities along the way.  The aim of the Long Ride to Free Them is to raise funds and create global awareness for the current poaching crisis on rhinoceros in Southern Africa. In doing so, to shed light on this urgent dilemma that involves rhinoceros and other keystone species worldwide. By bringing this issue to the forefront we strive to make a more positive impact in the way we interact and affect our natural world.

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