International Rhino Day
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take a stand and launch a charge of your own for rhinos!
- Join us for a special Keeper Talk and chat with the people who care for these animals daily.
- Learn about rhino traits through hands-on activities.
- Discover the many ways you can support rhino conservation.
- Purchase an exclusive Animal Awareness Day tote bag, available while supplies last; 100 percent of tote bag proceeds directly benefit the International Rhino Foundation.
Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Check the map for times and locations.
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.
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.