World Rhino Day is celebrated annually on September 22, with the noble mission of bringing together non-profit conservation and animal welfare organizations, zoos, community organizations, and research centers in the fight against poachers. Unfortunately, today many species of rhino are threatened with extinction, as Asian peoples use the horns and blood of animals in alternative medicine.
World Rhino Day was first celebrated in 2011, but it was announced two years earlier at the initiative of World Wildlife South Africa. Caring people could not continue to calmly watch how poachers destroyed rhinos. Despite the fact that these animals have no enemies in the wild, many species have become endangered due to criminal human activities. That is why World Rhino Day is so important and necessary.
- Over 10 years, the population of rhinos has decreased by 7 thousand adults, and this is only as a result of poaching in South Africa. As a result, in 2011, black rhinos were declared extinct by scientists.
- Every day, about three rhinos die at the hands of people. The main reason is their horns. At the same time, poachers heartlessly leave animals to bleed and die.
- Rhinoceroses are easy prey, since at a distance of 98 feet they can see almost nothing.
- Appearance is deceptive – despite being big, rhinos are mobile and fast.
How to take part
Pay attention to these wonderful, amazing animals. Speak out against the horn trade and the killing of rhinos. Take part in demonstrations and protests. If you feel capable, organize such events yourself. Raise money for rhinos and donate to a charity or wildlife organization. Read about rhinos, learn more about them, and share information on social networks.
When is World Rhino Day in 2023?
World Rhino Day is observed on September 22 each year.