A Night Of Icons LA Fundraiser

UPDATE: It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Hope passed away in November of 2016. Hope became the international symbol of the rhino poaching crisis and she inspired us to make a change, one elephant and one rhino at a time.


Currently, approximately 96 elephants and 4 rhinos are poached per day. Poaching of elephant ivory and rhino horn is driven mostly by the demand of Asia’s burgeoning middle class. Purchasers see ivory as a way to project wealth and status, as trinkets made from these intelligent and caring creatures sit on shelves collecting dust. Rhino horn, which is comprised of the same properties as human hair and fingernails, is believed to cure disease and enhance virility. Like ivory, rhino horn is seen as a luxury item. Unless urgent action is taken, it is estimated that elephants and rhinos in the wild will become extinct within our lifetime.

In May of 2015, Hope, a five-year-old female rhino, was savagely attacked by poachers who hacked off her horn and left her for dead. She was discovered the following morning and, against all odds, survived the attack. Project Hope was founded to honor all of the elephants and rhinos who survive the brutality that poachers inflict upon them. Hope reminds us of the dangers faced by elephants and rhinos whose body parts are increasingly sought as commodities in the global marketplace.

Project Hope supporters are the cornerstone of our success, providing the resources needed to rescue and rehabilitate rhinos and elephants who face a similar fate as Hope. We need your help so this critical work can be sustained and expanded before it’s too late, and there are no animals left to protect.

To help this important cause, a fundraising event called A Night of Icons was held on October 27, 2016, at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California.

Artist Brian McKnight performed and Dr. Johan Marais, CEO of Saving The Survivors, an ERP initiative, was the event keynote speaker.

Christelle Pretorius