About Rhino

Be with us for the Rhino Mayday [2006-05-19]
On the 1st of June, Save the Rhino International will be organising the Rhino Mayday in conjunction with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). We particularly want to focus on the projects selected for the Campaign and are delighted that some of the best rhino specialists, from both Africa and Asia will be with us for the event. So will the experts in rhino captive breeding from all around the world. All the net profits will go to Campaign. The Mayday will take place at the Zoological Society of London’s Huxley Conference Theatre in Regent’s Park, Central London on Thursday, the 1st of June, from 10.45 till about 6. Fo more information and tickets, please go to:

Or contact Renaud at Save the Rhino: renaud@savetherhino.org
Tea and cakes for rhinos at Marwell [2006-05-18]
Tea and cake for nine rhinos please! Not an everyday order, but it was a special occasion. Marwell Zoological Park was the venue for the UK launch of the EAZA Save the Rhinos Campaign on Friday 5th May. This summer, zoos are organising events to raise much-need money for conservation projects in the wild and to raise awareness amongst the thousands of zoo visitors across Europe.

Marwell has pledged to raise 20,000 of the 150,000 Euros pledged by the 17 UK zoos taking part in the campaign. All money raised will go towards 13 projects that will reduce the vulnerability of rhinos across their range in the wild.

On Thursday 4th May two “rhinos” (costume rhinos provided by Save the Rhino International) were spotted across London, on the South Bank and the Millennium Bridge before making their way to Marwell.

Nine “rhinos” gathered on Friday for a rhino tea party with a specially made cake in Marwell’s rhino enclosure with four real rhinos (Hannu, Sula, Kiri and Shaka) watching from a safe distance! Drummers from Active Arts Community created a perfect atmosphere.

After quaffing tea and munching cake, three “rhinos” went to the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, round the harbour and for photos at the Victory. Two went off to the Bournemouth Eye, a high-flying balloon over Bournemouth Gardens and on to the beach for an ice cream! On Sunday 7th May, nine assorted staff members of Marwell took part in the Marwell 10K Race in these famous Save the Rhino International suits that have been worn by intrepid runners up Mount Kilimanjaro, in the London and New York marathons and the infamous Marathon des Sables in the Saharan desert, but never before in Hampshire.

New registrations [2006-04-18]
A total of 110 institutions have registered for participation; 100 EAZA members and 10 non-EAZA members.
When a school sells T-shirts to Save the Rhinos [2006-03-17]
Kings House School in Richmond-upon-Thames (U.K.) bought Save the Rhino t-shirts for their half term mufti day. Two pounds was added onto the price of the t shirts and 190 orders were received – even for parents and younger siblings. Those who didn’t buy a t shirt brought a two pounds contribution to the Save the Rhino Campaign. The school assembly that day was a power point presentation by the Head of Science on the Save the Rhino campaign.

Poo helps to save the Rhinos [2006-01-30]
Colchester Zoo’s (U.K.) “Save the Rhinos’ Campaign efforts have taken a novel turn with the sale of Rhino zoo poo to aid fundraising. Colchester Zoo’s “Zoo Poo” has always been a novel souvenir for visitors, and for the duration of the Campaign, the Zoo Poo will help support “Save the Rhinos” because a 1 pound donation will be made by Colchester Zoo for every pot sold.

Zoo Poo is especially useful for gardens and provides a local home grown and environmentally friendly way of fertilising flower beds, vegetable plots and soft fruit cages.

The “Save the Rhinos” Zoo Poo is now available in the Ark gift Shop and in the zoo’s online shop (click on the link below).

Rebecca Perry, Conservation officer and Campaign’s coordinator, said “Zoo Poo” is really popular with our visitors and we hope that lots of pots are sold this year to help our fundraising campaign.


Dvur Kralove zoo hails another black rhino arrival [2006-01-06]
DVUR KRALOVE NAD LABEM, East Bohemia, (Czeck Republic), Jan 4 (CTK) – Another calf of rare black rhinoceros, a male, was born in the local zoo on January 2, less than a fortnight after the female that came to world late last year, Jana Mysliveckova from the zoo’s PR department told CTK today.

The new arrival is the 29th born in the zoo since 1971 when it started to specialise in the rare endangered pachyderm breeding.

For full story http://www.praguemonitor.com

EAZA website [2006-01-03]
More activities of the participating EAZA member institutions are published regularly on the EAZA website “Save the Rhinos”area.

Go to http://www.eaza.net/
A flying start at Colchester Zoo (U.K.) [2005-12-19]
Reggie our cuddly rhino mascot is now based at the KD theatre where he tells children of his plight in the wild. Our four white rhinos can be found in their mixed paddock in the African Zone, where visitors can read all about the different types of rhinos, their adaptations to the wild and the problems they are facing. Visitors can also listen to our presenters? rhino talks or get close to their own rhino by having their picture taken with our life-size bronze rhino statue. We have a campaign leaflet and fundraising pack which are now available for visitors to help us raise money through donations. Our campaign has also featured on both the local radio and in local papers promoting to a wider audience.

The year ahead will be busy with rhino activities. The children’s activity pack is in the final stages of production and will be ready soon. Children can also take part in our Rhino Ranger week, where they can follow our rhino-orientated trail, try and guess the weight of Simba our male rhino, or take a look at our rhino stall. Adults have not been forgotten – they can buy themselves some rhino dung for their gardens!

Staff from all zoo departments are getting involved in helping rhinos. A member of the education department has been granted a conditional place with Save the Rhinos International to run in the next London Marathon and two girls from the Customer Services team are holding a boot sale selling items donated by other zoo staff to help us reach our total pledge.

So far we have managed to raise nearly 1,000 pounds towards our final goal of 25,000.

Go to http://www.colchester-zoo.com

A new Rhino exhibition at the Basel zoo in Switzerland. [2005-12-16]
On 13th December 2005, the 5th EAZA campaign “Save the Rhinos” was officially launched at the Zoo Basel, by opening a new rhino exhibition.

The exhibition consists of multiple graphs, pictures and text modules, which present the biology, threats to and conservation efforts for rhinos. It aims to inform the 1.5 million visitors who come to the Basel zoo each year and raise awareness for the protection of these megaherbivores and enlist visitors financial support to the campaign.

As Basel zoo keeps Indian rhinos and holds the International Studbook as well as the EEP for this species, it has been decided that the Indian rhino will be the main actor within this exhibition.

The visitors will be informed about the biological adaptations of Indian rhinos to their environment, and the consequences zoological gardens have to take in order to adequately keep this species in captivity. In this context, it is also mentioned that Basel zoo is currently building a new house for the bull, a new “wellness area” for the females and new outdoor enclosures for both sexes. The second part of the exhibition informs the visitors about the drastic decline of rhino numbers in the past century, shows the current distribution of all Asian rhino species and the threats that all rhino species still face worldwide.In the last part, the project “Indian Rhino Vision 2020” is presented as being one of the projects chosen by the Campaign Core Group to receive financial support. Detailed information about the conservation activities of this project are outlined.

On selected days, a mobile exhibit, including skin, a skull and feet from Indian rhinos is able for viewing which enables a direct and interactive exchange between visitors.

Souvenirs also be purchased in the form of wooden rhinos, made by bushmen in Namibia. The proceeds go directly to a foundation in Namibia and the EAZA Rhino Campaign projects.

But the best way of asking for a donation is still the famous “Leipzig” funnel drum, where people allow their coins to race down a deep funnel. Every little coin helps to save the rhinos – something that people are aware of after visiting the exhibition.


Update on Indian Rhino Vision 2020 [2005-12-16]
Indian Rhino Vision 2020, the major population and range expansion program for Rhinoceros unicornis in Assam, conducted the second meeting of its Task Force 13-14 November 2005.

The Task Force is managing IRV2020 and is composed of wildlife officials from the Department of Environment and Forests in Assam along with rhino experts from various local (e.g., Aaranyak), Indian national (e.g. WWF India and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)) as well as international NGOs (e.g., WWF-AREAS and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF)). WWF-India and IRF are the lead NGOs. The main purpose of the Task Force meeting was to review the report of its designated Security Expert Group which has been assessing the improvements required in protection capacity of the target protected areas to enable them to receive rhinos. The Task Force formulated detailed actions and budgets for implementation of many of these security improvements, especially in Manas National Park which will be the first area to receive rhinos in late 2006 or early 2007. Manas formerly had a population of at least 100 rhinos. But they were lost to poachers amid civil disorder in the 1990s. This situation has now stabilized greatly to permit re-establishment of security and reintroduction of rhinos. Indeed, during the centenary celebrations for Manas National Park 11-13 December 2005, the local Bodo communities and governing council endorsed the IRV 2020 program and committed their full support to its implementation. This implementation will commence immediately to ensure that IRV 2020 remains on schedule. One of the first actions will be to construct new guard posts and ranger camps in the area of Manas where the rhinos will be translocated.

The brochure for the IRV 2020 program was also officially released at the Task Force meeting and is attached as a pdf. It provides an overview of the program and the schedule for its implementation. Hard copies are available upon request from the EAZA Save the Rhinos Campaign Manager.

Tom Foose and Tariq Aziz.
News from SOS Rhino in Malaysia [2005-12-15]
Go to http://www.sosrhino.org/news/fieldnews.php
to get the latest update from Edwin Bosi, the program officer and from the field staff. Also, learn more about SOS Rhino’s volunteer programme that generates funds for both the Community Outreach Programme and the villages around Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
A crash of rhinoceros experts [2005-12-14]
Nick Lindsay, from ZSL and chair of the EAZA Rhino Campaign, is currently organising with Tom Foose, Program Director of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a 2-day conference on the management of rhino populations in zoos worldwide: the Global Captive Action Plan meeting, due to take place on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May at Whipsnade Safari Park. Up to 35 participants from the UK, Europe, the USA and the rest of the world are expected to attend.

Taking advantage of the presence of all these rhino experts, we also intend to hold the annual Rhino Mayday immediately after the Global CAP meeting, on Thursday 1 June in central London. The Rhino Mayday has been held at ZSL’s meeting rooms in Regent’s Park for the last two years, and hopes are high that this will be the venue for the 2006 occasion.

As always, field managers from rhino projects in Africa and Asia, together with representatives of the African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups, will speak about their current work. With the impetus of the EAZA Rhino Campaign, we expect a strong showing from the projects selected to benefit from European zoos’ fundraising efforts. This will be a great opportunity for zoo staff, rhino conservation charities and interested members of the public to find out what impact the Campaign is having in situ.
Feel free to register to our newsletter [2005-12-02]
This section of the website is now ready to receive your emails. By doing so, you will get our monthly newsletter with information from the field, news about what European zoos are doing for the Campaign and the money raised.
Flying rhinos at Ostrava Zoo (Czech Republic) [2005-11-28]
Ostrava Zoo in Czech Republic has already started its campaign! A lot of information about it are available on the zoo website in Czech, English and Polish. Here are some details on the first event they organised, the flight of rhinos:

“On the occasion of the beginning of the rhino campaign we organised the traditional kite fly during autumn holidays – event well-known and favoured by children. However, this time paper rhinos instead of usual kites were flown. We informed about this event many institutions and organisations working with children as the youth centres and children’s homes which are preparing plenty of activities to utilize children?s leisure time….and children from the youth centres, were those who mainly took part in the kite fly in our Zoo.

Of course, we had to be prepared for the possibity, that there will be no wind and that the rhino-kites will not fly. For this case we prepared alternative programme. About 60 children came to present their rhino-kites. At the very beginning of the kite fly, we introduced the campaign, its function and its goal to children. Even though the wind was light, children did not give up and almost all rhino-kites flew. The author of the most original rhino-kite (with a view to the campaign) was rewarded with a present from the Zoo. The present was also given to the author of the most neatly flying rhino-kite and the youngest participant, who was only 5 years old. The rhino-kite fly enjoyed a lot of interest from media.”


North American Save the Rhinos Campaign [2005-11-23]
The intensifying crisis of rhino poaching and habitat loss has ignited a new fundraising and awareness campaign. This North American Save the Rhinos Campaign is a year-long initiative to reinforce protection measures and expand rhino populations and ranges. The Campaign will leverage existing pledges to increase funding from zoos, corporations, foundations and public sources in 2006. The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) will manage the Campaign, in partnership with the American Zoo & Aquarium Associations Rhino Advisory Group/Species Survival Plans (RAG/SSP) and Ecko Unltd.

The North American Campaign complements the 2005-6 Save the Rhinos Campaign of the European Zoo and Aquarium Association (EAZA) supported by Save the Rhino International (SRI), an important IRF partner.

The North American Save the Rhinos Campaign will launch publicly in January 2006. Ecko Unltd., which uses a rhino logo on its popular urban wear clothing line, catalyzed the Campaign with a multi-year commitment to IRF. Campaign activities will focus on three critically endangered species of rhino — the black rhino, greater one-horned Asian or Indian rhino, and Sumatran rhino.


Laikipia Wildlife Forum [2005-11-18]
Go to http://www.laikipia.org
to get some more details on one of the projects (Project B in Kenya) supported by the Save the Rhinos Campaign. have a look at the map, read the news and meet the people involved.

Many ways to help [2005-11-10]
In the How you can help section, you will find many ways to contribute to the Rhino Campaign and to rhino conservation in general. Just talk about it and about this website, see how easy it is to make a donation and have a look at the list of items requested by the projects in the field.

Thanks a lot for your help.

Launch of the Campaign and website [2005-09-07]
The Campaign “Save the Rhinos!” was officially launched on September 7th, 2005, during the 22nd Annual Conference of the European Association of ZOOs and Aquaria (EAZA). The campaign is organised by EAZA with the support of Save the Rhino International. The launch of the Campaign was announced by Nick Lindsay, Chair of EAZA Rhinoceros Taxon Advisory Group and Chair of “Save the Rhinos” Campaign Core Group.

This official website of the campaign was launched on September 8th, 2005.