Hugs Not Horns

I was reading a bedtime story to my girls one night and it had a rhino in it. I said "It's sad but rhinos are going extinct." Of course, I had to explain what "extinct" meant, but when I did, the youngest, Camille, started crying. It was at this moment — when I saw the problem through their eyes — that I realized we needed to DO something. I said, "Ok, tomorrow we're saving the rhinos." And so began our quest.

We learned more about rhinos and the poachers taking their horns. The girls were devastated when they saw images of rhinos with their horns cut off.  From there, the phrase 'Hugs Not Horns' became our rallying cry.

We decided to try to raise money to symbolically adopt 4 rhinos through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). We ask that you and your kids join us in this mission. It's something small but who knows what it could grow into?  Adelaide said, "Maybe every kid could try to save one rhino" and then added, "But really, it would be nice if the mommies and daddies tried too."

So, that is our wish and hope this holiday season. Thanks so much for joining us.

With Gratitude,
The Miller Girls


1. Rhinos are really, REALLY old. They've been around for millions of years. The WWF calls them "virtually living fossils!"

2. There are 5 different kinds of rhinos. Some have two horns and some have only one. The horns are made of the same stuff as hair and nails (i.e. keratin).  The girls wondered, "Why are they cutting off horns if they're not cutting off hair and nails?" Good question, right?

3. One way to save the rhinos is to move them to a safe spot, or conservation area. To do that, they get lifted up by helicopters and flown through the air by their feet. It's pretty crazy to see a rhino flying through the air. 

Learn more about World Wildlife Fund's 'Adopt a Rhino ' program.



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