World Rhino Day: 5 Favourite Rhino Moments

2015-09-22 11:24
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Cape Town - World Rhino Day is celebrated worldwide on September 22 and aims to increase awareness of the plight of rhino poaching and to encourage rhino conservation.

Rhino poaching has reached a crisis point and cases of rhinos being killed for their horns continue to rise. More and more rhino species are being pushed towards extinction. The Western black rhino was declared extinct in 2011 and the remaining five species are classified as threatened on the IUCN Red List.

South Africa has one of the largest populations of rhinos in the world. Data compiled by the South African Department of Environmental affairs show that poaching has increased drastically in recent years. In 2014 alone, 1 215 rhinos were killed by poachers - one every eight hours.

Rhino poaching is also prevalent across the African continent and in Asia. 

Despite the increasing number of arrests that have been made in South Africa, a multi-faceted approach may be required to curb the killing of our rhinos.

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In celebration of these beautiful creatures and in honour of World Rhino Day, we've put together some of the best rhino stories that we love:

1. Kariega's miracle baby rhino Thembi enjoys a game of tag

Baby rhino Thembi (meaning hope), whose mother was a survivor of poaching, plays tag with a wildebeest.

Read the full story here.

2. A Rhino roadblock in Kruger

That time when there was a rhino stand off in the middle of the road at Kruger National Park.

Read the full story here.

3. When a rhino calf and lamb were caught frolicking on camera

Too cute for words.

And they became best friends...

4. This little wildcat gets a free ride on a rhino

5. Rhino conservation gets royal support

Last but not least, the time when Britain's Prince Harry made it his mission to help the plight of Africa's endangered rhinos.

Read the full article here.

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