Why 12Hours

There is a lot of very good work being done by many dedicated organisations, but the bottom line is simple, more funds are needed.

More importantly, those funds need to be spent wisely, in areas that can truly make a difference.

This is what differentiates 12Hours from many organisations and our belief is that we will win this war one small battle at a time. By supporting specific projects and seeing them through to completion, we hope to see positive results that we can share with our supporters rather than simply handing out money to the greater cause. This will also ensure that there is no dilution of donor funds.

Individuals, organisations and projects will need to go through a due diligence process before we agree to help them and all tangible items will, as far as possible, be purchased by us and handed over to the respective causes.

We fully understand that we are accountable for all our donor funds and through transparency we aim to build a perfect reputation as a successful NPO.


  • Every 12 hours a Rhino is poached in South Africa.
  • Last year 1215 Rhinos were poached in South Africa.
  • There are 5 species of Rhino worldwide with 2 of them found in Africa, the Black or Hook-Lipped Rhino and the White or Square-Lipped Rhino. The others being the Indian Rhino, Sumatran Rhino and the Javan Rhino.
  • 95% of all African Rhinos are found in South Africa.
  • On the black market, Rhino horn is worth more per kilogram than gold, platinum, cocaine or heroin.
  • Its supposed value is unfounded and unjustified, perpetuated by myth and propagated by greed.
  • South Africa’s Rhinos are one of our most precious assets, an animal that has been around for over 50 million years.

SPECIFIC NAME   Diceros bicornis bicornis (KZN, Lowveld, Zimbabwe and Mozambique), Diceros bicornis minor (Addo, N Cape, Namibia) Ceratotherium simum
  WEIGHT 708-1022 kg Males, 718-1400 kg Females 2-2.4 tonnes Males, 1.3-1.6 tonnes Females
  MOUTH Upper lip is triangular and muscular Wide, square lips. Broad muzzle
  NECK Smaller, lacking distinct hump on shoulders Large with distinct bump at the base
  HORN SHAPE 2, Front horn curved 2, Front horn straight
  HORN GROWTH 4-6 cm per year 2.5-6.6 cm per year
  HORN LENGTH Max recorded 1.05 m front, 52 cm back Max recorded 1.58 m front
HABITAT   Woodland with thickets and permanent water is typical but also occur in arid regions. Grassland with thick cover and water nearby
DIET   Browsers. Leaves, shoots and fruit Grazers. 99% grass
LIFE HISTORY GESTATION 15 months 16 months
  BIRTH WEIGHT 40 kg 40 kg
  WEANED 12-19 months 12-18 months
  SEXUALLY MATURE   4-5 years
  BIRTH INTERVAL 2-4 years 22 months - 3.5 years
  LIFESPAN 30-40 years 40-45 years
BREEDING COURTSHIP up to 6 days up to 2 weeks
COPULATION 20-40 minutes Once, up to 30 minutes
STATUS IUCN RED LIST D b bicornis vulnerable, D b minor citically endangered Near threatened
  SA RED DATA BOOK D b bicornis vulnerable, D b minor citically endangered Least concern
  CITES Appendix I Appendix II for SA and Swaziland
      Appendix II for SA and Swaziland

Source: Smithers' Mammals of Southern Africa.