A man working two jobs to make ends meet is pushing 40 and thinking a lot about rhinos.
The man is Jeremy Taylor and he has decided to donate his middle-age milestone to rhinos. "Rather than just spending my 40th thinking, 'ugh, I'm 40,' I wanted to put a positive spin on it," Taylor told The Dodo.
"Sure, I could ask for money to help pay for my week in Maine this summer, or for the new camera I want to get, but this birthday, I want to help save rhinos!" Taylor wrote on his fundraising page. "These magnificent creatures are facing extinction within my lifetime [...] if something is not done, and I don't want to think of a world without rhinos."
Taylor, who now works as an environmental educator during the week and a cashier during the weekend, has also been a bird keeper in Disney's Animal Kingdom, where he was able to get up close to the endangered rhino. Since then, Taylor has been fascinated by the animals, and now believes wild animals should not be held captive for human entertainment. "I'm just not a fan of that," he said.
When he read about Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino at Ol Pejeta Conservancy a few months ago, Taylor decided he needed to take action. Sudan is guarded 24 hours a day because there is no one else like him left on earth. Coincidentally, Sudan is also 40 years old.