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Save the Rhino Day
Animals
Help save the Rhinos!

When: May 1st

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

As with many animals that are native to Africa, the best chance to see one is at your local zoo.  In the case of the Rhino, a good way to celebrate the day is to research ways you can get involved as either a volunteer or maybe by making a donation to an organization that is working on saving the Rhino. They are beautiful animals and there is many household decorations and statues and paintings that depict the Rhino that could be used to liven up your home.
 

Numbers

Today, Rhino world population numbers are around 27,000.

Description

The illicit ivory trade has made the Rhinoceros or as the animal is more commonly referred to as "Rhino", a target of poachers for years.  The two remaining endangered species live in Africa and South Asia. Rhinoceros are killed by poachers for their horns, which are sold on the black market, and used for ornaments or some traditional cultural medicine.  In Vietnam for example, the market for rhino horns are worth the equivalent of the price of gold. In some cultures, they believe Rhino horns have therapeutic properties and they are ground up into the dust which is then consumed.  As far as the horns go, the African species and the Sumatran rhinoceros have two horns, and the Indian and Javan rhinoceros have only a single horn.  Needless to say the Rhino population is under attack and in need of our help to educate people of the atrocities going on as well as protect their native habitat so they can thrive again.
 

Interesting Facts

  1. On the black market in South Africa, the horn of the white rhino can command a price of up to $3,000 a pound.
  2. Rhinos have very poor vision.
  3. The oldest Rhino in the world died in Tanzania, age 57. Named Fausta, and was an eastern black rhino,
  4. A White Rhino can weigh over 5,000 lbs.
  5. There are 302 zoos that have 1037 rhinos in captivity.

Information

Observed:
  • May 1st
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