2014 Events

Thank you for organizing a World Rhino Day event!

Register your World Rhino Day 2014 event by sending details to: info [at] worldrhinoday [dot] org and we will post them on this page and on the World Rhino Day Facebook page!

World Rhino Day is celebrated on 22 September.

Events listed by country:


Taronga Western Plains Zoo will celebrate World Rhino Day 2014 from September 20 through September 22.

photo via Taronga Western Plains Zoo

photo via Taronga Western Plains Zoo Website

Activities will include:

  • Keeper talks about rhinos
  • Rhino trail walks
  • Face Painting
  • Casle Jumping

Visitors will also be able to purchase rhino art and proceeds will be donated to the International Rhino Foundation.



Cameroon will celebrate World Rhino Day with Dance4Rhinos!

Cameroon will celebrate World Rhino Day with Dance4Rhinos!

Cameroon will be joining other nations across the world to call for the protection of all different rhino species through Dance4Rhinos.

Three dancing groups made up of over 50 persons dressed in t-shirts carrying the pictures of rhino will stage a powerful cultural dance presentation in Buea. These dancers will sing songs with messages calling for the international community to join forces and safe the remaining species of rhino in the world.

The groups, the Bamumbu Cultural Dance Group, Ndungated Cultural Meeting and the Alou Cultural Dance Group are selected from villages adjacent to some key conservation areas, such as the proposed Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mak-betchou Chimpanzee sanctuary.


#‎BurnHorns‬ ‪#‎SaveRhinos‬#‎CzechRepublic‬

Burn Horns

Zoo Dvůr Králové in the Czech Republic is planning to burn rhino horn stockpiles!


Africa Geographic and Bushnell Binoculars, invite you to take part in the #WorldRhinoDay photographic competition! Raise awareness for the plight of the rhino while at the same time celebrating these magnificent beasts.


Come to Indonesia for a nautical celebration of the world’s rarest rhino species!

WRD Indonesia

Enjoy the following activities – and more – from September 24 through September 27:

  • Beach football
  • Beach volleyball
  • Coloring contest
  • Dance & Art Competition
  • Trip to Handeuleum Island
  • Snorkling
  • Creating rhino carvings
  • Puppet show
  • Contact @KakaTeteh_PDG for details:


Dublin Zoo will celebrate World Rhino Day 2014 on Saturday, September 20.

Dublin Zoo is celebrating World Rhino Day 2014 with activities for the whole family!  Photo courtesy of Dublin Zoo.

Dublin Zoo is celebrating World Rhino Day 2014 with activities for the whole family! Photo courtesy of Dublin Zoo.

In addition to informative talks throughout the weekend, visitors will enjoy the following activities:

  • Presentation documenting Dublin Zoo keepers’ work in Zimbabwe’s Lowveld Rhino Conservancy
  • Keeper Lectures
  • Personal encounter and opportunity for a photo with the zoo’s walkabout rhino ‘Rodney’
  • A chance to hand paint the zoo’s large rhino money box
  • Face Painting
  • A chance to purchase some rhino manure


Zoo Torino will celebrate World Rhino Day 2014 on September 21.

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A great day is planned. Throughout the day the Keepers and the IAEA(Association of Italian Africa Experts) rangers, will give talks dedicated to education about the five rhino species, the serious consequences of superstitions and beliefs, and the dangers presented by poaching.

At 15:00, at the amphitheater at Petra, a charity auction will take place . The auction will be led by Davide Bomben, Chairman of the IAEA. The proceeds from the sale will go to support the projects of the Reserve Mabula which protects , to date, 27 rhinos in the wild.

Afterwards, Gian Luigi Casetta , founder and CEO of the park and Davide Bomben will deliver a check with funds raised during Zoom Night Safari to the Reserve Mabula in Africa.



On Sunday, September 21, Ronja Floren will celebrate World Rhino Day with the launch of her first book.

Ray Rhino

The talented student from Aga Kahn Academy Mombasa, will sign copies of Rhino Ray at 2:00 PM at Sands at Nomad and 4:00 PM at Forty Thieves Beach Bar. Proceeds will benefit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.


Save the Rhino Trust Namibia will be joining others all around the world to raise awareness and voices against rhino poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn.


In Swakopmund SRT will be organizing the following events on the 20th September

  • Morning: 09h00 – 13h00. Volunteers will be helping us with collecting of donations at selected malls and hand our brochures.
  • Evening: 17h00 – 20h00. An information session @ Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre with key note speakers.
  • Silent Auction with exciting prizes taking us into the night closing off with snacks and drinks (cash bar) whilst chatting and sharing information with each other.

Please RSVP with Lorraine @ srt@rhino-trust.org.na /


Castle Lager Boucher Legacy

On World Rhino Day, the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy wants everyone to come together to place every rhino in safe hands!

#ShareTheRhinopiness #ShareTheLove


GoRhino will participate at the World Youth Rhino Summit from the 21st-23rd of September and hold the Share the Love challenge.


The Rhino Orphanage based in Limpopo will join forces with Race the Rhino. First Car Rental’s ‘Post Your Selfie & Win’ charity campaign will aid The Rhino Orphanage based in Limpopo.

via selfie for rhino press release

via selfie for rhino press release

Race organizers will be driving two of The Rhino Orphanage campaign’s Nissan Jukes, which will be vehicle-wrapped to look like a mom rhino with a baby rhino. At the race, competitors and their supporters can get involved in raising awareness of The Rhino Orphanage by taking selfies with the Nissan Jukes and posting to their social media networks, making sure to tag with #Rhinos1st, to enter the competition and lucky draw associated with the campaign.


WWF South Africa is supporting the launch of a public campaign in Vietnam that seeks to change attitudes to rhino horn consumption in Asia – bursting the bubble of demand in that region.


At the same time, WWF South Africa is tackling rhino conservation on four other fronts: breaking criminal networks, bridging stronger cooperation across borders, benefiting communities so they take the lead in rhino conservation and boosting rhino numbers.


Game Lodges across South Africa are engaging in The Rhino Dung Challenge to raise awareness for rhinos!


South Africa will host the Rhino Youth Summiton Saturday, September 21 through Tuesday, September 23.


Over 140 young delegates from around the globe will converge to discuss conservation issues. The major goal will be to send a world-wide call to action by the youth to save the rhino from extinction.

We are hopeful that the delegation will garner worldwide respect and attention!


World Rhino Day events in Sweden will be hosted by The Perfect World Foundation. Perfect World has dedicated the year of 2014 to the cause of raising awareness dangers of rhino trade and poaching. Rhino ambassadors have contributed rhino sculptures and placed them in prominent locations in Stockholm and Gothenburg.

“Nosse” is created by Elisabeth Rippe and is now decorating Universeum.

“Nosse” is created by Elisabeth Rippe and is now decorating Universeum.

A international conference dedicated toward raising awareness for the rhino is planned during the month of September. On September 18th there will be a conservation gala dinner attended by Swedish celebrities and royal family members. The celebration will continue with a DJ event on the weekend of the 19th and 20th to raise additional funds for rhinos.

Details about the conservation gala dinner can be found here.



To celebrate this year’s World Rhino Day (WRD) Save the Rhino International is launching the ‘Nail it for Rhinos’ campaign to raise awareness of the threats facing the world’s five rhino species! Make a stand for rhinos by painting your nails to raise awareness for the rhinos and show the world that rhino horn is made the same substance as nails!



Get involved in 5 simple steps:

  1. Paint your nails for rhinos – get creative!
  2. Upload your nail selfie to social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and include the hashtag #nailit4rhinos, or send it to info[at]savetherhino[dot]org
  3. If you’re in the UK donate £3 to help save rhinos by texting NAIL14 £3 to 70070. Or donate online from the rest of the world
  4. Share your photo with friends or nominate 5 people to do the same
  5. Visit www.savetherhino.org to learn more and see if your nail selfie has been featured on our website as one of the best

The annual UK Rhino Charge is an off road fund-raising event that is organized to raise funds for Rhino Ark’s conservation work in Kenya.


This year’s race will take place on Sunday, September 21 in conjunction with the celebration of World Rhino Day. The event has been held every year since 1997. The race will be held at the brand new venue of the Slindon Safari 4×4 Driving Centre, near Arundel, West Sussex.

All details concerning the race can be found on Rhino Charge UK.


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden‘s will be celebrating World Rhino Day by giving visitors a chance to learn about endangered rhinos.

  • Family activities
  • Crafts
  • Discovery stations
  • Rhino animal encounters
  • Special animal demonstrations

“We designed this day around learning about our world’s rhinos and the problems they face, as well as an opportunity for visitors to get involved. While we spotlight all 5 species, we give extra interest in our Sumatran Rhino, Harapan, as being the last of his kind in North America and our conservation efforts,”says Connor Miko of Cincinnati Zoo.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens will host numerous events during World Rhino Day.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens will host numerous events during World Rhino Day.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will also hold a World Rhino Day: State of the Rhino Lecture & Keeper Panel led by the Zoo’s Dr. Terri Roth (Vice President of Conservation & Research, Director of Lindner Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife).


Submit your muddiest pics or videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #MuddyForRhinos.  Photo via Cincinnati Zoo website.

Submit your muddiest pics or videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #MuddyForRhinos. Photo via Cincinnati Zoo website.

Find some dirt, add water and have fun — rhino style! Submit your muddiest pics or videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #MuddyForRhinos, and we’ll choose our favorite. The winner will get to meet a Cincinnati Zoo Rhino Behind the Scenes! Contest starts Sept. 8 and ends Sept. 19. Winner will be announced at the World Rhino Day Celebration on Sept. 21.

Poster Contest for Students

Flex your creative muscles while helping the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden promote rhino conservation. This contest is open to public, private or home school students. Prizes will be awarded to one student in each of these four grade groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12.

Contest rules can be found here.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Sedona, Arizona, will celebrate World Rhino Day on September 21.

Activities at Out of Africa will include the following:

  • Birthday cake
  • Presents
  • Coloring Contest

Come celebrate World Rhino Day with Jericho on his Birthday!

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be celebrating World Rhino Day on Sunday, Sept 21.

Central Florida Zoo Color In addition to seeing their two Indian rhinos, Jahi and PJ, visitors will be able to enjoy the following activities:

  • A Conservation and information table with information about all five rhino species
  • Rhino-themed crafts
  • Coloring sheets
  • Paper plate rhino face for the kids
  • Rhino ornaments for painting
  • An enrichment table where guests can decorate bags and then watch as the keepers fill them with goodies and give them to the rhinos.

Donations will raise money for the International Rhino Foundation.

Celebrate World Rhino Day with the Henry Vilas Zoo at Captial Brewery in Middleton on Sunday, September 21 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM!


Learn about rhinos from the zoo’s rhino keeper and check out some fun rhino crafts and auction items! Enjoy a fun time at Capital Brewery. Papa Murphy’s pizza will be the official food vendor. The Krause Family Band will be performing and Sweet Hartley’s will be selling cupcakes.

Silent Auction – Items include:

  • Behind the scenes Rhino encounter
  • Signed limited edition Robert Bateman Rhino print
  • Kruger National Park Save our Rhinos gift pack

Rhino art & craft sale – Made by the rhino, George & HVZ rhino keepers & interns. Items include:

  • Rhino skin print art
  • Preserved Rhino dung
  • Rhino quilt handbags
  • Handmade plush rhino toys

Proceeds will benefit the International Rhino Foundation and the International Rhino Keepers Association.

Potter Park Zoo will celebrate World Rhino Day on Sunday, September 21.


The Following Activities are scheduled:

  • Special Zookeeper tours
  • Behind the scenes look at the Black Rhino exhibit
  • Rhino informational tables
  • Special activities for kids from 10:30 to 3:00

There will be two guided tours and space is limited. Info and Registration information are here: WORLD RHINO DAY TOURS

Saint Louis Zoo will celebrate World Rhino Day on Saturday, September 20.

Photo via St. Louis Zoo website

Photo via St. Louis Zoo website

Visitors will enjoy the following activities from 10:00AM to 3:00PM:

  • Make a wish for rhinos and post it for all to see!
  • Rhino biofacts to see and touch.
  • Kids can learn what it takes to be a “rhino scout” in Africa.
  • Activity booklet, souvenir keychain and bookmark (while supplies last).
  • Talk to rhino keepers.
  • See paintings made by the Zoo’s rhinos.

Please be sure to stop by the rhino habitat at River’s Edge and join in all the fun!

Cameron Zoo will celebrate World Rhino Day on Saturday, September 20.
cameron zoo
Planned festivities from 10:00AM to 2:00PM include the following:

  • Keeper talks
  • Special activities for kids
  • Behind the scenes raffle to meet our resident rhinos

This will be a great day to learn about the different species of rhinos and conservation efforts to protect them in the wild.

Houston Zoo will celebrate World Rhino Day on September 20 through September 22.

houston Zoo

Special events are planned on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 AM to 3:00PM at the African Forest. Visitors will enjoy the follow activities:

  • Special education on the five species of rhinos
  • Make homemade rhino masks
  • Visit with the zoo’s rhino mascot
  • There will also be items for sale such as magnets, bracelets, and necklaces.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lowveld Rhino Trust, which is helping to educate schoolchildren in Zimbabwe about rhinos and other animals.

In addition the Houston Zoo has a call to action this weekend: Be a Rhino Hero: Donate a Wildlife Book!
Directly contribute to saving rhinos in the wild by bringing in a new or gently used book about wildlife to donate to our friends in the field who are protecting rhinos in Africa. These books will be used to educate local communities in Zimbabwe about their amazing wildlife. Each person that donates a book will receive a rhino conservation bracelet AND a Houston Zoo Conservation Hero pin!

Houston Zoo is a leading organization in wildlife conservation. This will be a great World Rhino Day Celebration!

Go to Houston Zoo Events page.

Fossil Rim will celebrate World Rhino Day 2014 on Saturday, September 20.

photo from Fossil Rim website

photo from Fossil Rim website

The celebration will be held at the Overlook from 10:00am–4:00pm.

There will be a variety of fun crafts and educational activities for the entire family! There will also be an opportunity to win admission for four people to Fossil Rim.

The Fossil Rim Wildlife center sports one the finest safari experiences in the United States and are sure to have a great World Rhino Day 2014 celebration!



Vietnam is celebrating World Rhino Day with a "Selfie for Rhinos" competition!

Vietnam is celebrating World Rhino Day with a “Selfie for Rhinos” competition!

In order to celebrate World Rhino Day coming up on September 22, and encourage Vietnam’s public to protect the world’s rhinos, Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) has partnered with International Rhino Foundation to launch the “Selfie for Rhinos” competition. Contestants are encouraged to take a ‘selfie’ and give a message inspiring their friends and family to not consume rhino horn.

The competition is only open to those resident in Vietnam, but if you want to show your support by taking your own selfie, make sure you tag ENV in your photo and include the hashtag #selfievitegiac in the caption, which should also include your message for rhino protection!


Sam Nkomo is conducting the 500km Walk for Rhino Awareness.


His journey will take him through much of western Zimbabwe and it will span a little over a month. The 500 km Rhino Awareness Walk, which in turn has become the Rhino, Elephant and Environment Trust, which will be administered by Ernst & Young, Bulawayo.

On Saturday, September 20, 500 km Rhino Awareness Walk will celebrate World Rhino Day in family style. They will hold Street Collections, a High School Public Speaking Competition, Street Marches, and ‘Safari ‘ High teas and a Formal Dinner.

Best of luck Sam and good health on your journey.