Rhino Peak Challenge
Written by : Nick
Vilane puts his hand up for RPC 2018
Underberg – World-renowned adventurer Sibusiso Vilane has committed to
continuing his fight for endangered species when he takes part in the
2018 edition of the Rhino Peak Challenge on 22 September – World Rhino
Vilane’s list of achievements includes summiting Mount Everest twice,
and he has summited all seven of the world’s highest peaks and walked to
the South Pole unassisted. The upcoming Rhino Peak Challenge will pale
in significance to his previous feats; however he understands the
importance of an event like this.
“At the moment I am not working towards anything so I am not in the best
shape but I am prepared to go out there and suffer as much pain as our
rhino population is at the moment,” Vilane said passionately.
“We all need to rise up to this challenge in whatever way we can to be
the voice of our endangered species. Their conservation is our sole
responsibility I believe.”
Organisers of the event have been hoping to have Vilane taking part in
the past but due to his busy schedule it hasn’t been possible. The
intervention of CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust Yolan Friedman
allowed Vliane to be confirmed for this year.
“I was running my 9th Comrades Marathon this year when an old friend,
Yolan, the CEO of the Endangered Wild Life Trust reminded me about the
Rhino Peak Challenge and before I knew it she had recruited me as I said
I had nothing planned for those dates!"
As an ex-game ranger Vilane has been at the forefront of conservation in
South Africa and understands the importance of events and awareness
drives like the Rhino Peak Challenge. He keeps conservation of all
animals close to his heart.
“Not just Rhino Conservation, but all wildlife matters to me and I
believe that we have a responsibility to make sure that they are
protected and conserved.
"I cannot stand and watch from the side-line while the rhino is being
wiped off the planet. It would be a shame if that happened and I had not
done anything to support initiatives which seek to protect our Rhino,”
Vilane’s large following and profile is something that he continues to
use in order to promote awareness for the plight of endangered species
in South Africa. He feels that it is his duty to pass on the word of
Despite having a constantly busy schedule, Vilane is currently taking
some time away from his exciting adventures to focus on a goal that
might be slightly easier to achieve than scaling Mount Everest.
“My adventures are done for this year, but I am starting on getting fit
to break a sub 3 hours marathon by March 2019!” he said with a chuckle.
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Renowned South African
adventurer Sibusiso Vilane will be taking on this year's Rhino Peak
Challenge on World Rhino Day - 22 September.
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