World Rhino Day Celebration, presented by LGI Homes. Although World Rhino Day is being celebrated internationally on Friday, we will be hosting an event for Zoo guests on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can participate in activities that focus on the conservation of the white rhinoceros.
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 10am to 2pm with biofacts, educational activities, crafts and games for kids. Rhino keepers will be hosting two special keeper talks at 11am and 1:30pm. A rhino-themed children’s story will be read at 10:30am and 1pm.