International Rhino Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
At the Zoo
- Visit Mumbles the southern white rhino for a chance to observe him engaging in natural behaviors like wallowing in mud or basking in the sun.
- Meet Mumbles up-close during a Rhino Wild Encounter. (Requires advanced booking and an additional fee)
- Enjoy various rhino-related activities:
- Get hands-on with biofacts.
- “Be a rhino” and learn about rhino senses through a series of activities and challenges.
- Be a conservation hero with the purchase of an Animal Awareness Day tote bag! Use provided fabric markers to decorate and make each bag unique. All proceeds go to the Zoo’s conservation fund to protect animals in the wild and their habitats.
Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission.
- Get the family up and moving around with special rhino related activities. See below for activity instructions.
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 27,000 rhinos survive in the wild today. Three of the five species of rhinos are listed as critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List.
Rhinos are poached for their horns, which have been believed to reduce fever, relieve hangovers, treat infections, and cure cancer. It has been proven that rhino horn does not effectively treat any of these medical issues, but there is still demand from consumers. Rhino horn is made of keratin, like our hair and fingernails and the feathers, horns, and hooves of other animals. Rhino horn is also seen as a luxury item, and much like a fur coat or reptile skin boots, is a highly desired status symbol. You may see keratin hair and nail treatments, and keratin is also used for biomedical purposes, like nerve regeneration. This keratin is sourced legally from domestic animals such as sheep (wool), and rhino horn provides no additional or different benefit to humans.
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.