Last week, EDGE hosted world-famous Red Bull Skydiver Jeff Provenzano in South Africa for a jump to raise awareness about our efforts to protect Rhino in Limpopo, South Africa.
At the end of the Jump, Jeff got to name a newborn baby boy rhino — along with help from Supermodel and adventurer Roberta Mancino. They named the baby “Cheecho.”
See the photos and full release below, and be sure to share the GoFundMe Page Jeff is pushing to help keep Cheecho safe.
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Ecological Defense Group and Jeff Provenzano are Taking Conservation to New Heights
EDGE and Professional Skydiver Provenzano Raise Awareness for Endangered Rhino
Limpopo, SA — Ecological Defense Group (EDGE) and professional skydiver and Red Bull athlete, Jeff Provenzano, took endangered species day to new heights when this weekend, Provenzano jumped out of a hot air balloon in the name of rhino conservation. In addition to the jump, Provenzano took to social media to educate his fans on ways they could help not only save the rhino population in South Africa but also help him name a baby rhino born on one of the farms last month.
“When I set off on this journey around the world, I had no idea how deep and personal my trip to South Africa would become,” says Provenzano. “I thought I was just going there to make another Skydive out a hot air balloon. My heart was touched by the rhino and all the majestical creatures that are desperately holding on and trying to survive extinction.”
Nathan Edmondson, president of EDGE, says, “EDGE believes in inspiration. A man willing to jump into thin air at 5000 feet inspires us. The cause to protect an extraordinary and endangered species inspires us. Working with Jeff this week has been the opportunity of a lifetime — and it will mean a lifetime indeed for a young rhino born under the South African skies.”
Provenzano continues, “I always have tried to do my part as a citizen of the world, but I realize now more than ever before how critical our life choices are. I am determined to be the best version of myself and contribute to this world rather than strip it away and simply consume what it offers. We all have to do our part in whatever way we can. There can not be more excuses.”
The GoFundMe page for the rhino jump is still active and asking for donations. To contribute or find out more, click here. The baby rhino’s name will be posted to EDGE social media sites once it is chosen. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to directly impact the next generation of rhino born on the African continent.
For more information about EDGE and its conservation efforts, please check out their podcast or follow EDGE on Twitter at @EcoDefenseGroup.
Founded in 2017, Ecological Defense Group (EDGE) is an ambitious counter-poaching and conservation organization. We’re a collaborative team with backgrounds in technology, US Special Operations, entertainment and international business. Our core team is international.
We’re partnered on the ground – we work directly with those on the front lines of the most radical efforts to protect and preserve endangered species. We bring unique resources to the campaign to protect wildlife in robust and effective ways. For more information, please visit https://ecodefensegroup.org/.