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Leesburg’s Stone Tower Winery to host National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Courtesy Photo
National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert will make an exclusive appearance at Stone Tower Winey in Leesburg from 3 to 6 p.m. June 5 to talk about the current state of the endangered rhino population.

Faced with a devastating exponential rise in illegal rhino poaching in South Africa, the Jouberts have co-founded Rhinos Without Borders in an effort to save the rhino from extinction. Rhinos Without Borders’ is committed to moving 100 rhinos to safety in Botswana where poaching is virtually non-existent.

Stone Tower Winery Founders Michael and Kristi Huber met the Jouberts on a recent trip to South Africa and offered to host a fundraiser during the Joubert’s next visit to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about the illegal poaching taking place in South Africa and to support their efforts.

Rhinos have lived on Earth for over 50 million years, but whether they survive even 10 more years is open to speculation. Only five species of rhino exist today when once there were over 100 species. In 1960, 60,000 black rhinos roamed Africa. Today only 25,000 remain in isolated populations.

Every seven hours a rhino is killed. More than 1,000 rhinos are slaughtered each year for their valuable horns.Ten horns translate into $7 to $10 million on the black market. With rhino poaching at an all-time high, concerned conservationists need to be proactive.

“So many people are unaware of the tragic situation taking place. We’re here to raise awareness and take a stand to support the work of ‘Rhinos Without Borders,” said Michael Huber. “We invite everyone to lend their support by coming out for our event or by donating directly to Rhinos Without Borders at http://www.rhinoswithoutborders.com."

The fundraising event is co-hosted by John Fahey, chairman emeritus of the National Geographic Society, and his wife, Heidi, along with Jeff and Lauri Zell, JM Zell Partners. Guests will enjoy wine tastings, food prepared by some of the area’s finest caterers, and of course, the beautiful views Stone Tower Winery offers.

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