World Rhino Day
FIVE RHINO SPECIES FOREVER!
Examples of projects to help the rhino
Save the Rhino's Rhino Dog Squad plays a vital role in protecting rhinos across four wildlife conservancies in Kenya - bloodhounds and Belgian Malinois are helping to sniff out illegal substances such as rhino horn, guns or ammunition and track poachers.
WWF supports rhino conservation projects across Africa, expanding protected areas and creating new ones. It's increasing security to protect rhinos from poachers and promote wildlife-based tourism to help fund conservation efforts and gives local communities an income from living alongside wildlife. It's working with TRAFFIC (the wildlife trade monitoring network) to investigate, expose and crack down on poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn – and to reduce the demand so that this trade is no longer a significant threat to African rhinos. Here's the WWF's Rhino Conservation Appeal 2015.
The Humane Society International is reaching out to children in Vietnam with this short video, "I'm a Little Rhino". It's based on its children's book "I’m a Little Rhino. Both book and video will be used in schools to help teach children about rhinoceros poaching concerns and conservation efforts. The demand for rhino horn in Viet Nathe key drivers for poaching, which is causing a decline in already fragile rhino populations.
The storybook and film will be used in schools to help teach children about rhinoceros poaching concerns and conservation efforts, and it gives them ways to help, such as not buying or using rhino horn. The demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam is a key driver for poaching. The campaign has reached over 10 million people in Viet Nam already, and this year, 1.4 million copies of the book will be given to every single primary school child in 6 major cities, so the message should reach out to children and their families. The campaign is showing results: demand for rhino horn has reduced 77% compared with that before. Viet Nam’s rhino horn campaign has engaged many sectors of society including women’s associations, universities, primary school children, and businesses in six major cities so the word is getting around.
Conservation efforts are working in many areas. In a release in May 2015, WWF reports that Nepal marked a 365-day period without a rhino being poached. "A coordinated response from central to grassroots level, and heightened protection measures within Protected Areas, buffer zones and community forests, including the use of new technologies such as SMART and real-time SMART patrolling, played a critical role in Nepal's latest zero poaching success," WWF reported