International Rhino Day
September 22 At Home!
Take a stand and launch a charge of your own for rhinos! Visit the Zoo to help us celebrate, or enjoy the day at home with special activities.
- Lean about Mumbles, Zoo Atlanta’s new southern white rhino, and how the animal care professionals care for him during a special World Rhino Day takeover of Facebook and Instagram.
- Discover the many ways you can support rhino conservation. Visit the International Rhino Foundation to learn about rhino conservation in the wild.
- Get the family up and moving around with special rhino related activities. See below for activity instructions.
Visit the Zoo!
- Visit Mumbles at the Zoo. Share any photos on Facebook or Instagram using #WorldRhinoDay.
- Purchase an exclusive Animal Awareness Day tote bag, available while supplies last.
In the Wild…
At the start of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed the wild. By 1970, that population fell to 70,000 individuals. An estimated 29,500 rhinos survive in the wild today. Four of the five species are threatened, with three being critically endangered in the wild.
Rhinos are poached for their horns which are made of keratin, the same material as your fingernails and hair. Though there is no scientific evidence that rhino horn has any medicinal value, consumers around the world use it as alleged cures for ailments from hangovers to cancer. Across Africa, poachers kill three or more rhinos per day to meet the demand for horn on the black market. The poaching rate is slowly catching up to the birth rate, and we could see extinction of several rhino species in our lifetime.
You can help by spreading the word about these amazing creatures and the threats that endanger them in the wild.