World Rhino Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take a stand and launch a charge of your own for rhinos!
- Meet a rhino care specialist during a special keeper chat to learn about how we care for Mumbles and Kiazi, the southern white rhinos at Zoo Atlanta.
- Learn about rhinos through biofact exploration, games, and activities.
- See, hear, and smell like a rhino! Investigate how our senses compare to a southern white rhino’s.
- Compare your hand to a rhino footprint, see a rhino horn up-close, and observe a skull (replica).
- Discover why southern white rhinos are called the “lawn mowers” of the savanna.
- Get up close with Mumbles during our Rhino Wild Encounter. Vist the Wild Encounter page for more details*.
- Join #TeamRhino and sign the pledge to help #KeeptheFiveAlive. Discover how you can help save these species.
- Can’t make it to the Zoo? Check out Zoo Atlanta’s social media networks for a special World Rhino Day takeover!
- Show you’re a conservation hero year-round with the purchase of an Animal Awareness Day tote bag!
- Use provided fabric markers to decorate and make your bag unique.
- All proceeds go to the Zoo’s conservation fund that allows us to help animals in the wild and their habitats.
Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission.
*Wild Encounters are an optional experience that requires face masks, advance registration, and an additional fee.
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 world 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 are made of keratin, the same material as your fingernails and hair. Consumers around the world use it as an alleged cure for many ailments, from hangovers to cancer, although it has not been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment. Rhino horns are now more often used as status symbols, with consumers using the internet and social media sites as purchasing platforms.
Across Africa, poachers kill three or more rhinos per day to meet the demand 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.
Zoo Atlanta partners with the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) to help reduce the purchase and sale of illegal wildlife and wildlife products, such as rhino horn. The best way to end poaching is to end the demand. Check out WTA’s A Guide for Travelers to get tips for how to avoid adding to the demand when travelling overseas.
You can help by learning to Be Informed and Buy Informed, and by spreading the word about these amazing creatures and the threats that endanger them in the wild.