Rhino Wars ….. and my, Strange Classrooms

Having watched the escalating degeneration of the Rhino groups and APU’s on facebook over the past three months got me to thinking about one of my strange classrooms. This classroom was set up by an exceptionally clever man back in 1935. This man wanted to accomplish something that was thought to be impossible and he was just one man, he had belonged to a group but found that it was of no help at all.

He met with a second like minded individual and together the two of them set out to work.  The two men became so successful that after the had set out the workings of the principles of their organization they felt the need to back up those principles to safe guard the integrity of the movement.


I do believe that if the Rhino saving groups and individuals could follow a similar path, it would be of great benefit. I have taken the liberty to change Bill and Bob’s organization’s name and put in Rhino related names. Some of the traditions do not fit 100% with the Rhino mission but worth thinking about anyway. The 12th one is especially pertinent!



Twelve Traditions

One—Our common welfare should come first;our success depends upon Rhino Groups unity.


Two—For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.


Three—The only requirement for Rhino Group membership is a desire to stop the poaching of our Rhino

Four—Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or Rhino Groups as a whole.

Five—Each group has but one primary purpose—to do what ever they can to stop the Rhino Poaching

Six—A Rhino Group ought never endorse, finance or lend the Rhino Group’s name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Seven—Every Rhino group ought to be fully self-supporting.

Nine—Rhino Groups., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

Ten—Rhino Groups has no opinion on outside issues; hence the Group name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

Eleven—Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films. (
This one is not applicable but with the huge egos some of the people have it should be kept in mind.)


Twelve–Place principles before personalities.


These two men started the most successful organization to date, that deals with the recovery of people suffering from alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous. We all could learn from them.





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8 Responses to “Rhino Wars ….. and my, Strange Classrooms”

  1. Cary Lang Says:

    Absolutely Wayne – thank you for these guide lines.

  2. Gary Clark Says:

    I echo Cary and I happen to follow those traditions, best I can, in my related new life. Point well received. Yes, we will do well to follow these guidelines. Thank you, Wayne! Gary C. California

  3. Sue Woolley Says:

    sounds like a great plan ! but will you get people to go along with it …i so hope so and good luck !

  4. Stephanie Blair Says:

    well said Wayne – let us hope that the majority of animal lovers will work towards this.

  5. Jennie Upton Says:

    Common sense..and with sincerity, I do believe we could do this.

  6. Simon Bloch Says:

    Agreed, Wayne,
    there are too many cooks selling broth!

  7. gloria sapp Says:

    We so wish for only one honest group where all ppls voice is the rhinos.They need all of the ppl in africa to rise up and join together as one for the rhino for the rhinos life,for the rhinos future.No bickering,no hey this group says this or that That will not work for the rhino.Unite Africa and bring the US into your one group so we can join our voice to yours

  8. Seamac Says:

    The twelfth tradition is particulary pertinent. Too many great causes get derailed by a few conflicting personalities. Great article Wayne. Keep up the good work!

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