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We’ve compiled information about World Rhino Day so you can help us get the word out — and help bring attention to the plight of this iconic species. (You are welcome to use the World Rhino Day image below; please link to the World Rhino Day website. If you wish to use photos from World Rhino Day 2011 or 2012, please contact info [at] annamiticus [dot] com. Thanks!)When is World Rhino Day?
World Rhino Day is on September 22nd.
Who is coordinating World Rhino Day?
World Rhino Day is an international team effort coordinated by Lisa Jane Campbell of Chishakwe Ranch in Zimbabwe and Rhishja Cota-Larson of Annamiticus in the US.
How did World Rhino Day get its start?
World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. The following year, World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encompassing both African and Asian rhino species, thanks to the team effort of Lisa Jane and Rhishja.
What happened in 2011?
In mid-2011, Lisa Jane was already planning ahead for World Rhino Day. She searched online for ideas and potential collaborators, and found the Saving Rhinos website and blog.
Lisa Jane sent Rhishja an email, and the two found they shared a common goal of making World Rhino Day a day of celebration for all five species of rhino.
Meanwhile, the team at Rhino Africa prepared for their second World Rhino Day event in Cape Town, building on the success of South Africa’s popular 2010 campaign.
In the months that followed, they worked together to make World Rhino Day 2011 an international success, both online and offline.
Building on the good will and momentum, Lisa Jane and Rhishja decided to continue working together as coordinators and promoters of World Rhino Day -— for the rhinos and the people that love rhinos.
Is there a theme for World Rhino Day?
Yes! “Five Rhino Species Forever” celebrates both the African and Asian rhino species. In addition, World Rhino Day is an opportunity to highlight efforts to debunk the myths and diminish the demand for rhino horn.
Is there more than one event on World Rhino Day?
Yes! We believe that World Rhino Day is a success because it provides the opportunity for cause-related organizations, NGOs, zoos, and members of the public to celebrate World Rhino Day in their own unique ways. These activities varied from one participant to the next. Donors and partners are able to contribute to the organizations and initiatives of their choosing. Peaceful demonstrations, classroom projects, fundraising dinners, auctions and poster displays are just a few examples.
- Connect with World Rhino Day at facebook.com/WorldRhinoDay
Check out the World Rhino Day videos from 2011 and 2012:
World Rhino Day 2011 video:
At the root of the rhino crisis is the myth that rhino horn contains curative properties. World Rhino Day highlights efforts to debunk the myths and diminish the demand for rhino horn.
World Rhino Day 2012 video:
FIVE RHINO SPECIES FOREVER!
Annamiticus will produce another video this year featuring World Rhino Day 2013 celebrations.