World Rhino Day 2016
Thursday 22 September is World Rhino Day
Celebrate with us
This World Rhino Day, celebrate these amazing animals and share your stories, photos and hopes for the future using the hashtag #worldrhinoday2016
You could hold a fundraising bake sale, or donate - playing a vital role in saving rhinos from the brink of extinction.
Five Reasons Why Rhinos Matter
Rhinos are vital for the environment
Rhinos help maintain natural balance within their habitat. The Greater one-horned rhino in India and Nepal helps to germinate the seeds of the Trewia tree with its dung. In Africa, scientists are only just understanding the vital part played by White rhinos in creating and preserving grasslands which many species depend upon. As a result, rhinos are now classed as a “keystone species’ - playing a key role in supporting other animals and their environment.
Rhinos are an umbrella species
What’s an umbrella species? Well, when we protect rhinos we are also protecting all the other animals living in their shared habitat including birdlife, fish, insects and other mammals.
If rhinos go, it’s harder to look after the little guys who don’t always attract as much attention as they deserve.
Rhinos bring eco-tourism
People need rhinos too. In areas where rhinos and humans live alongside each other, these charismatic animals bring job opportunities through eco-tourism which, in turn, can help regenerate the local economy.
Rhinos are part of our natural heritage.
As long as humans have walked the planet, rhinos have also been part of our art, our cultural history and the fabric of life.
If rhinos became extinct, it would be a loss for the whole of humanity, but even more so for the communities where rhinos are part of their heritage.
If we lose rhinos, we've lost to crime syndicates.
The people at the top running the rhino horn trade don’t just stick to the illegal wildlife trade. They traffic weapons, counterfeit goods and people too, and fund terrorism.
They’re not the kind of people we want to win the poaching war - but you can help stop them.