We will be hosting an event for Zoo guests on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can participate in activities that focus on the conservation of the white rhinoceros. In addition, there will be keepers stationed at the rhino exhibit throughout the day.
Rhino poaching has increased dramatically over the past decade, threatening the survival of the species. In South Africa alone, poachers kill three or more white rhinos per day to feed the increasing demand for rhino horn on the black market, where a rhino horn can be worth $30,000 per pound. In addition to poaching, human development has fragmented landscapes where rhinos live, leading to smaller, isolated populations that cannot reach each other to breed.
Since 2014, the Zoo has given $44,500+ to the International Rhino Foundation and is committed to donating an additional $25,000 per year for the next five years. These contributions have helped support many rhino conservation projects in Africa, including anti-poaching and community engagement initiatives. In addition, the Zoo’s rhinos serve as ambassadors for their species - educating and inspiring guests to take action to save the species - while also contributing to valuable rhinoceros research used in several conservation programs around the world.
During the Zoo’s World Rhino Day Celebration volunteers will be at the Zoo’s white rhinoceros exhibit from with rhino artifacts, educational activities, crafts and games for kids.