Celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22

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Celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22

As Nashville Zoo prepares for the upcoming opening of the new white rhino exhibit, we also celebrate and recognize World Rhino Day! Later this year, we will welcome a pair of male white rhinos into the former elephant habitat. In the future, the Zoo plans to import a group of female white rhinos with plans to breed the group as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan

Nashville Zoo rhino conservation efforts extend beyond our participation in AZA’s Species Survival Plan. We recently celebrated the success of our inaugural conservation concert, Rockin' for Rhinos. Also, each year we support the International Rhino Foundation through financial contributions. Your visit to Nashville Zoo allows this support to happen. With the addition of white rhinos, we are excited to help spread awareness and be involved with hands-on conservation efforts of this vanishing species.

WHAT’S THEIR STATUS?

Did you know rhinos could go extinct in our lifetime? At the start of the 20st century, over 500,000 rhinoceros roamed the wild. By 1970, the worldwide population had dwindled down to 70,000. Today, only a mere 29,000 survive in the wild.

There are five species of rhinoceros. Four of which are facing the threat of extinction:

  • White rhino - 20,400 in the wild
  • Greater one horned rhino - 3,345 in the wild – status: threatened
  • Black rhino - 5,055 in the wild – status: critically endangered
  • Sumatran rhino – 100 in the wild- status: critically endangered
  • Javan rhino – 58 in the wild – status: critically endangered 

The current surge in poaching for their horns, particularly in South Africa, has seen record numbers of rhinos killed in recent years averaging three or more deaths each day. Last year, poachers killed nearly 1,200 rhinos in South Africa alone. Urgent efforts are underway to put a permanent end to poaching and illegal trade.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?   

This year on World Rhino Day, show your support and spread awareness by doing these two things:

  •  Put a World Rhino Day Picture frame on your Facebook - doing so spreads awareness to all of the people you connect with socially.
  •  Be a part of the movement by signing the Team Rhino pledge to formalize your commitment to actively advocate for rhino conservation.

Learn more about conservation efforts and the threats against rhinos in the wild at http://rhinos.org/the-crisis/ and www.rhinos.org.

Posted by Nashville Zoo at 2:00 PM