World Rhino Day

posted: 09/21/15
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September 22 is World Rhino Day.

It's important for us to recognize this day as the world's rhinoceros population is quickly dwindling. According to the Save the Rhino organization, there were over 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia at the start of the 20th century. Today, research suggests that there might as few as 29,000 left.

WATCH: A Collection of Emotionally Moving Rhinoceros Video

Why have rhinoceros populations decreased so much? The number one source of their endangerment is poaching by humans. Many Asian countries believe that rhino horns, just like elephant tusks, contain medicinal healing powers, which is not true. Despite this, the demand for rhino horns continues to rise and as a result, rhino populations are quickly falling.

Tune in to Animal Planet for a special presentation of There's a Rhino in My House! Tuesday at 10am ET/9am CT on Animal Planet.
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How You Can Help

  • Save the Rhino: Learn what you can do on World Rhino Day to raise awareness and how you can make a monetary contribution to help field rangers, provide veterinary care to rhinos, and bring education about conservation to areas where poaching is heaviest.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the dangers rhinos face, why this species matters, and how you can help.
  • David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation: Projects include protecting species including the Elephant, Rhino, Tiger, Lion, Leopard and more, as well as raising awareness about poaching and wildlife crime.
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare: Protecting animals from illegal wildlife trade is one of their many projects, which also include efforts to prevent animal cruelty and rescue individual animals.
  • Reach Out. Act. Respond (R.O.A.R.): Explore the work of our partners who are striving to improve conservation of animal species both wild and domesticated.

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