It's my 30th Birthday!

I'm 30! I know it's a milestone, but I'm donating my big day to something that needs the attention even more than I do.

What I REALLY want you to pay attention to today is rhino poaching. I've had the absolute pleasure of meeting and interacting with some rhinos in person and was instantly enamored with them. It breaks my heart to know that if poaching continues at the rate it's happening now, these gorgeous animals will be completely gone from this planet in just a few short years. In 2013, more than 946 rhinos were poached for their horns, making it the deadliest year on record for rhinos. Time is running out fast!

With that in mind, I set up

this donation page

. I'm asking you to please take a look and consider donating to Save the Rhino International, an organization

working to protect rhinos in the wild

.

Fundraising Websites - Crowdrise

I'm asking you, my cherished friends and family to please PLEASE take a moment to look at some of the information I've posted below about rhino poaching, and donate what you can to my campaign. I'm so lucky to already have your love and support, and it's proven to be all I need to be really really happy in this life. What I really want you to give me for my birthday this year is this gift for these animals.

If you need more incentive than knowing that you're contributing to rhino conservation,

Crowdrise

is offering each donor a chance to win some really great prizes just for donating. If you donate at least $24, you'll be entered to win an iPad Mini, which I hear is pretty groovy.

Click here for a look at the rest of the prizes

you'll have a chance at winning just by donating to

this very worthy cause

.

Other Ways to Help

Besides financial support, I think the most important thing that you can give to the effort to save the rhino is a voice. The more information about what is happening in Africa spreads, the more support the effort will have. So please, share this and other videos about rhino poaching with your friends and family. Write to local politicians, sign petitions, and do more research on your own.

Spread the word, and please don't forget to donate. Thank you for already making this birthday so great!

Rhino Poaching Info

Visit NBCNews.com for

breaking news

,

world news

, and

news about the economy

Further Reading

  • http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com/
  • http://www.savetherhino.org/
  • http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rhinos/
  • http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/02/130227-rhino-horns-poaching-south-africa-iucn/
  • http://globalnews.ca/news/1085626/south-african-rhino-poaching-deaths-nears-1000-in-2013/
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/10528085/South-African-rhino-poaching-deaths-nears-1000.html