The adventures of Rocky the rhino in Vietnam

Rocky The rhino ready to fly to Vietnam

Rocky the rhino was very excited to fly 5,000 miles from London to Hanoi, Vietnam to raise awareness about the illegal wildlife trade of rhino horn. The last rhino in the country was illegally poached and Javan rhinos were declared extinct in Vietnam in 2010. The illegal poaching of rhinos for their horn is the biggest threat to their survival and at the current rate of poaching rhinos face extinction in the wild in just 11 years.

Find out more about how you can help tackle the illegal rhino horn demand in Vietnam.

Rocky the rhino exploring the Old Quarter in Hanoi, VietnamRocky the rhino soon took to the streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi to see the street markets and food stalls.

Meeting members of the TRAFFIC team

Rocky’s friend Ralph went along to visit the TRAFFIC team to learn more about the Chi campaign, which seeks to change the behaviour of key consumer groups of rhino horn and use positive messages targeting the motivations of why people use rhino horn.

Find out more about TRAFFIC and the Chi campaign and how you can help reduce the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam.

Rocky the rhino visiting the Temple of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam

Rocky the rhino then took the streets of Hanoi to see the sights, such as the Haon Kiem lake, Hanoi Flag Tower and the Temple of Literature (pictured above) which is a Temple of Confucius.

Rocky the rhino meeting a family in Hanoi, VietnamRocky the rhino also made some friends as he explored the city and was happy to stop for a snap or two along the way.

Picture this! Photos with Rocky the rhino, Hanoi, Vietnam

Rocky the rhino exploring the Old Quarter in Hanoi, VietnamRocky and Josephine, Save the Rhino’s Partnership Development Manager met with the Education for Nature Vietnam team. Education for Nature Vietnam is tackling the demand for rhino horn through behaviour change campaigns, awareness raising events, wildlife crime unit tackling and working with local law enforcement agencies and members of the government.

Find out more about Education for Nature Vietnam and how you can support their work to reduce the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam.

Rocky the Rhino at the Flag Tower Hanoi, Vietnam

Rocky the rhino completes the Song Hong, Hanoi

Rocky the rhino completes the Song Hong, Hanoi

This Sunday Rocky the rhino raced his way through the Song Hong run hosted by Education for Nature Vietnam and the Red River Runners! It was a fantastic day in which Vietnamese and international runners came together to run for rhinos and raise the profile of the importance of reducing the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam. Members of the American, British, Dutch and French Embassies also joined the run and showed their support for rhinos. 

Rocky the rhino joins runners at the Hong Song, HanoiEven the runners clothes helped raise awareness of the cause.

Javan rhino runner Song Hong, Hanoi

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