#selfievitegiacIn 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.
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!
Join Project Rhino KZN and Kinglsey Holgate for World Rhino Weekend at the Boardwalk Shopping Centre, where more than 5,000 pieces of rhino art created by children in South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland will be on display!
Kingsley Holgate and other celebrities will be speaking to an estimated 30,000 visitors over the weekend and South African soccer team — Thanda Rhinos — will make a special appearance. White “rhino crosses” will be sold to raise funds for Project Rhino KZN’s work and schools, businesses, artists and conservation leaders are lining up to take part in this weekend of targeted action, fundraising and awareness!
Project Rhino KZN has also created two three-minute video clips (in English and Vietnamese). In these, children from KwaZulu-Natal speak out vehemently against rhino poaching and their words are supported by thousands of hand-drawn pictures from children in the rest of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland. Project Rhino KZN encourages all World Rhino Day supporters to hear the heartfelt pleas of children asking for rhino poaching to be stopped, and to share the videos!
No one is too young to celebrate World Rhino Day: A talented group of nursery school children in South Africa have created a rhino out of cardboard boxes and newspaper, and giving it a colorful paint job.
The rhino will be displayed on the corner of Napier and San Souci Roads in Parktown for World Rhino Day!
In celebration of World Rhino Day weekend, Goldfields Mall in Welkom is giving customers the opportunity to clad their rhino sculpture “Mapompana” (the Short Fat One) in R10 notes on Saturday 21 September in aid of Anti Poaching.
Mapompana is one of the largest solid concrete rhino sculptures in South Africa and is loved by young and old. Children have become accustomed to climbing on Mapompana whilst parents enjoy refreshments
in the Piazza.
For the second year in a row, a “Paint-a-thon” will be held at Greenwhich College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Student volunteers are giving up their Saturday night to paint pictures of rhinos. The emphasis is to paint at night in order to also raise awareness that this is when the rhinos are most vulnerable. Photo courtesy of Natasha Griffiths.
Rhino Force Bracelets: These cool beaded bracelets are raising funds for rhino conservation and NGOs such as Save the Rhino International. World Rhino Day is the perfect time to wear a Rhino Force Bracelet!
For every pint of Megafauna ordered in the Tasting Room during the month of September, Lost Rhino will donate 25¢ to Save the Rhino International!
The Buffalo Zoo in New York will hold a special event on World Rhino Day to raise funds for the International Rhino Foundation. Tickets are $5 and include a presentation on the five rhinos species, raffles, snacks, and refreshments.
The Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI, will hold a World Rhino Day celebration on September 22 from 3:00 pm — 6:00 pm at Capital Brewery, located at 7734 Terrace Avenue in Middleton.
The event will feature Rhino Facts Trivia and Raffle Drawings. Times and raffle items will be added soon!
Connect with Henry Vilas Zoo on Facebook.
(Source: Shane Elsinger)
The San Diego chapter of the International Rhino Keeper Association is celebrating World Rhino Day by hosting a party called “Winos for Rhinos” from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Vinz Wine Bar, located at 201 E Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025!
This event features wine tasting and a wine raffle! From 11:30 am to 6:00 pm, 20% of Vinz Wine Bar’s proceeds will go to the International Rhino Keeper Association.
(Source: Amanda Lussier)
The Saint Louis Zoo is thrilled to celebrate World Rhino Day on September 21st from 10am – 3pm. Come on out to visit the rhinos in the River’s Edge. There will be crafts and activities for kids and give-a-ways, including bookmarks and wristbands! Talk with a rhino keeper and help save the critically endangered black rhino!
Milwaukee County Zoo (located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is celebrating World Rhino Day with two keeper talks to learn about the five species of rhinos, the poaching epidemic, and the Milwaukee County Zoo’s two black rhinos, Mimi and Brewster. Talks will be given in front of the outdoor black rhino exhibits at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will have an Education Table set up in front of the pachyderm building with a rhino awareness board, handouts with rhino facts, coloring sheets, and ticket information for a rhino lecture that will be held at the Fawcett Center here in Columbus in November. There will also be games for the kids and TWO special rhino keeper talks/training demos!
The International Rhino Keeper Association Rhino Conservation Calendars are NOW on sale for $22 USD until September 22nd (and $26 after 9/22). Calendar sales directly benefit the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary! Download the 2014 Rhino Conservation Calendar order form.
Annamiticus will launch Episode 1 of the educational web series “Ancient Rhinos of Southeast Asia” on September 22. “Ancient Rhinos of Southeast Asia” is an educational web series which takes viewers on a historical journey of two Asian rhino species from their once plentiful existence to their decimation, and finally, to today’s unprecedented international effort to rescue these critically endangered megafauna from the edge of extinction.
Wondering what to wear on World Rhino Day?How about a rhino t-shirt: Annamiticus is contributing t-shirt proceeds from the month of September to the International Rhino Foundation‘s Sumatran and Javan rhino conservation programs. These two species are the rarest of rhinos: The Sumatran rhino currently numbers fewer than 100, and there are no more than 50 Javan rhinos still surviving.
To raise money for the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund (which currently supports Rhino conservation) all our Rhino keepers are having their heads shaved on Rhino weekend!
Auckland Zoo will have the following activities:
- 3 Rhino encounters each day.
- Each visitor to the Zoo will receive a handout with a Rhino quiz and a rhino colouring in activity.
- Rhino touch table with rhino artifacts
- Competition to guess how much a wheelbarrow full of Rhino poo weighs
- Display of how much food a Rhino eats per day
- Display of Rhino enrichment items
- Rhino hats as giveaways
- Information displays about the 5 different types of Rhino
- Information about our 3 rhinos and how to tell them apart
- Information on the different features of rhinos, i.e., their ears, horn, skin etc.
Connect with Auckland Zoo on Facebook.
Werribee Open Range Zoo will be running the following activities for World Rhino Day:
- Rhino Rap with Rap artist ‘Hugo’ and Zoo Member children will be written and recorded with an accompanying video clip prior to the event for showing on the day, and for weeks after;
- Rhino play with puppet theatre, rhino foot print stamps, baby toy rhinos to feed;
- Rhino information, jokes/riddles and messaging at our Safari Bus Station.
For more information:
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, in Dubbo, NSW, Australia will be joining people across the globe to celebrate WORLD RHINO DAY 2013, over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s visitors already support the zoo’s breeding programs for 3 of the world’s 5 rhino species. But by visiting us on the 21st and 22nd September, you can help out a little bit more …
Visitors can help us raise vital funds for our conservation partner, the International Rhino Foundation (IRF)!
- Enter the zoo and follow our ‘Rhino Trail’; discover more about the world’s rhinos
and what is being done to help them, at our special World Rhino Day keeper talks and
- Lucky guests of our Wild Africa Encounter, Billabong Camp or Zoofari experiences
will get the chance to see some of our resident rhinos up close, and discover more
about their conservation.
- Visitors have the chance to WIN a Wild Africa Encounter for 4 people! PLUS the Zoo’s Education department will also be running rhino themed classes and‘Zoo Adventures’, there will be donation buckets at the ‘Jump for Rhinos!’ jumping castle, and ‘Munch for Rhinos!’ Munch Mobile, and staff will be raising extra money with raffles and rhino crafts!
Can’t visit us that weekend? Don’t worry, as our ‘Rhino Trail’ is also online!
Sharing links, photos and stories via social media is proving invaluable as a way of spreading the word and raising awareness. So look out for more rhino keeper blogs on our website (www.taronga.org.au) and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TarongaWesternPlainsZoo).
Are you looking for ideas about how to celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22nd?
Here are a few ideas from previous World Rhino Days to get your creative juices flowing!Organize a parade
The Zimbabwe National Parks hosted an amazing parade and celebrations for World Rhino Day 2011! Music played a pivotal role in the event. The parade was led by the police band. The celebration was enriched by the nation’s favourite musician, Oliver Mutukudzi, who had dignitaries and crowds bopping for rhinos!
Students also performed their own song “Join Hands to Save the Rhino” with youthful free-style spoken word.
The Minister of Environment, Francis Nhema, gave an inspirational speech demonstrating Zimbabwe’s commitment to rhino conservation and strongly promoting the message “Rhino Horn is NOT Medicine”.
Zimbabwe schoolchildren enjoyed a video of “The Rhino Song” and celebrated World Rhino Day with art, videos and creative writing.
Take it to the streets
In London, Save the Rhino International took it to the streets and held a peaceful protest in front of the Vietnamese Embassy. Wearing rhino costumes and carrying placards, the team showed off jars of human toenails, to emphasize the fact that consuming rhino horn has no more medicinal value than chewing a toenail.
Photos from Save the Rhino International’s event can be seen here.
And of course, there was a ton of support for South Africa’s iconic pachyderms on World Rhino Day.
An enthusiastic gathering in Cape Town attracted hundreds of people, thanks to the efforts of Rhino Africa Safaris and other local businesses.
Rhinos on the airwaves
In Nepal, Partnership for Rhino Conservation (PARC/Nepal) arranged a TV and radio broadcast to celebrate the country’s first World Rhino Day in 2011.
Learn more about the grassroots organization PARC/Nepal here.
Hold an art contest and auction
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas celebrated World Rhino Day by hosting an art contest for local schoolchildren, and selling the art on September 22nd at Hollywood and Vine restaurant in Glen Rose.
All proceeds from the art show and a portion of the proceeds from the dinners served on World Rhino Day went to Fossil Rim’s rhino program!
TRAFFIC Southeast Asia featured rhinos throughout the month of September for its social media campaign.Links to download the Javan and Sumatran rhino posters can be found here.
Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV), a local NGO, launched an online campaign for World Rhino Day on the ENV Volunteer Network page on Facebook, which is in Vietnamese.
An article about rhino conservation and World Rhino Day (“Hưởng ứng ngày quốc tế bảo vệ Tê giác”) which discourages the use of rhino horn – pointing out that it is both unnecessary and illegal – is posted on the page. Read it here.
In addition, an album entitled “Sừng tê giác không phải thuốc trị bệnh” (“Rhino horn is not medicine”) featuring Vietnamese language posters was created. URLS for downloading the posters are included. View the album here.
Go climb a rock!
The Asian Rhino Project in Australia raised funds with a “Rock Climbing for Rhinos” event. Participants tested their skill in the indoor comfort of Rockface in Perth, and also enjoyed a barbecue.
(Be sure to check out the International Rhino Foundation for more great ideas!)
World Rhino Day FAQs
Got questions about World Rhino Day? Start here!
- When is World Rhino Day? World Rhino Day is September 22nd.
- Who is participating in World Rhino Day? Several events are in the works around the world! Check out the World Rhino Day Facebook page and the World Rhino Day Event page to find an event near you.
- Why aren’t all organizations working together on one event? Cause-related organizations, NGOs, zoos, and members of the public are encouraged to celebrate World Rhino Day in their own unique ways. These activities will vary greatly from one participant to the next. Donors and partners can contribute to the organizations and initiatives of their choosing. Classroom projects, fundraising dinners, auctions and poster displays are just a few examples. Keep us posted on your plans!
- Our organization is holding a fundraising event for rhinos in September, but it’s not on World Rhino Day itself. Does this count as a World Rhino Day celebration? Yes! Most any promotional or fundraising event for rhinos during the month of September can be a World Rhino Day celebration!
- How do we register our World Rhino Day event? Please send your information and images to: info (at) worldrhinoday (dot) org and we’ll add it to the World Rhino Day website. If you have already blogged your event or added it to your website, post the link to the World Rhino Day page on Facebook® at facebook.com/WorldRhinoDay
- What is the purpose of the World Rhino Day page on Facebook®? The World Rhino Day page is set up as a centralized online information source where participants can receive updates and share plans for the Big Day. The Twitter hashtag is #worldrhinoday
- But I’m just one person – what can I do to help? One person can help make an impact, thanks to the reach of social media. Sharing information via social media is a critical component for raising public awareness. Anyone can select an article or a cause to share across their own social networks, which can have a trickle up effect on traditional media. How about sharing a dozen rhino-related links across your social networks on World Rhino Day (#worldrhinoday)?
For inspiration and ideas, check out the World Rhino Day 2011 video: