A huge THANK YOU to everyone who celebrated World Rhino Day 2013! We look forward to another successful World Rhino Day in 2014. In the meantime, enjoy the World Rhino Day 2013 compilation video!
This year Save the Rhino plans to send 5 of our famous rhino costumes across the UK to take part in local events. We’ll also be holding our own event here in London.
We are looking for 5 enthusiastic volunteers and would like to hear your ideas. What would you do with a rhino costume for a day? For your chance to be involved with World Rhino Day, please visit our website at savetherhino.org and download our short application form. You can also get in touch with Katherine at katherine (at) savetherhino (dot) org for more information, or phone us on 020 7357 7474.
Port Lympne Wildlife Park in Kent, home to 15 (!) black rhinos is hosting a World Rhino Weekend, with lots of fun activities planned to ensure everyone learns something new about rhinos!
“The Changing Face of the Rhino” will be presented on September 18th at the Royal Geographical Society in London with Dr. William Fowlds, a South African safari veterinarian. Tickets can be purchased from rhinolecture.eventbrite.co.uk and cost £20 including a drinks reception from 6pm.This event aims to raise awareness for the plight of the rhino through, and also to raise charitable funds to continue the work of, the educative curriculum of Voices of Conservation, along with supporting TUSK Trust and Born Free Foundation.
Celebrate the last day of Marwell Wildlife Go! Rhinos trail with a visit to Southampton to see the incredible rhino sculptures before their departure to Marwell Zoo and subsequent auction. Download the free Go! Rhinos smartphone app or a trail map from gorhinos.co.uk.
Be sure to attend the Marwell Saving Species presentation at the Rhino enclosure at 4.15pm for a free raffle ticket to meet Kiri and Sula, their gorgeous white rhinos, and enter to win a face-to-face encounter with these gentle giants on the day. This prize is for up to four people!
Colchester Zoo will be supporting World Rhino Day, celebrating all five remaining rhino species and raising awareness about the trade in rhino horn! On Sunday 22 September, the Zoo will host a stall near the rhino enclosure with information on the current poaching crisis, the five remaining rhino species and information about rhinos at Colchester Zoo and on the UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve. You can help raise funds for the zoo’s chosen charity, Save the Rhino International, by purchasing rhino items from the stall, making rhino badges and masks and taking part in rhino-related activities.
Colchester Zoo’s rhino keepers are also offering a special opportunity for 50 people to meet Flossy the rhino! This will be a first come, first served event; with 2 groups of 25 visitors taking part at two times slots throughout the day. A requested minimum donation of £5 for adults and £3 for children is required for this special session, and tickets will be available at the stall (Please note, 10 – 15 year old children only are permitted to take part in this event and all children must be supervised by an adult). All proceeds will go towards Action for the Wild’s support of Save the Rhinos.
Join Knowsley Safari Park on Sunday 22 September to celebrate World Rhino Day and get the know the largest of the 5 species of rhino – the white rhino!
The rhino team is devoting the day to giving guided rhino tours. The tours are guided by our rhino team and last approximately 30 minutes including getting to and back from the rhino reserve. Tickets are £5 per person and 100% of the money is going to rhino conservation. TOURS START at 11:30AM, FINAL TOUR at 3:30PM! Places are limited!
There are also rhino activities going on in the wild at art building including updates from the keepers from when they went to Zimbabwe to visit the Lowveld Rhino Trust in action. There will also be a collection of nail clippings donated by Knowsley staff and visitors to raise awareness of the myths surrounding the medicinal properties of Rhino horn in an attempt to change attitudes and beliefs (more details to follow!).
Check out what people in Europe are doing for World Rhino Day! Join them if you can!
- Save the Rhino International is holding a “World Wino Day” wine tasting event at Vivat Bacchus restaurant, London Bridge, from 5-7 PM on Saturday, 22 September.
- Knowsley Safari Park is hosting “Blow Your Horn for Rhinos” — a family event to support “Save the Rhinos” that will include live music, food, cocktails, and chances to win prizes. The party will get started on Saturday, 1 September at 6 PM.
- The Three Wine Men will be holding an awareness-raising events at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on 20 & 21 September. A portion of proceeds made on tickets will be donated to Save the Rhino International, when tickets are purchased using the code: 3WINERHINO.
- Rhino Ark — a Kenya-based conservation organization — will be holding the first-ever “Rhino Safari Run” on World Rhino Day (22 September) at the Pippingford Park estate in East Sussex. The non-competitive 4×4 event will also be offering guided tours of the grounds and its wildlife to families with 4x4s.
- Port Lympne Wild Animal Park will be making a fuss about some of its largest residents on Saturday to mark the official Rhino and Elephant Appreciation Day. A host of activities will be going on around the park such as tours of the elephant and rhino houses, a raffle to win prizes including a Keeper For The Day Experience. All proceeds raised will go towards Wildlife Alliance — a conservation organisation with close ties to The Aspinall Foundation.
- Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland will be hosting several World Rhino Day activities on 22 September — including rhino arts and crafts, a “rhino wordsearch”, a rhino ranger game for kids, as well as education about the five rhino species and their plight. It will take place in the Rainforest Room of the Zoo’s Education Centre from 11 AM – 4 PM. Stay connected via Edinburgh Zoo’s Facebook page and Twitter account!
- Navasta Communications will be holding an “I Will Be Your Voice” Nyama Choma (Kenyan style BBQ) lunch on 9 September at 1 PM. The event will take place at 3Stones Kenyan Restaurant (The Hague) and funds raised will be donated to Chipembere Rhino Foundation.
- At Zoo Basel in Switzerland, a special info stand calling attention to the urgent need to protect rhinoceroses will be set up and animal keepers will be near the rhinoceros enclosure to offer information from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm! Zoo Basel contributes a portion of its admissions to rhino conservation efforts in India.
Hosting your own World Rhino Day event? Click here to add it to the official World Rhino Day event map!