World Rhino Day

World Rhino Day

September, 22nd 2021

Join us as we recognize and celebrate the amazing species of rhinos around the world on World Rhino Day. The rhino family has been roaming our planet for over 50 million years, but now they face immense pressures from poaching as well as habitat loss. The demand for their horns continues as it can sell for as much as $60,000/kilogram and is used in traditional medicine and as a status symbol of wealth. The reality is that rhino horn is made of keratin, a protein found in our hair and nails, and research has shown there is no medicinal benefit to using rhino horn.

If we continue to lose rhinos at this level, all species could become extinct in the next 20 years. The Javan and Sumatran rhinos populations have each fallen to less than 80 individuals. The Greater One-horned rhino has made a comeback from 200 individuals to over 3,000. The Black rhino population was over 70,000 in 1970 and has fallen to around 5,000 individuals. Finally the White rhino is a good news/bad news story, the Southern White rhino population has climbed from less than 100 in the early 1900’s to over 17,000 individuals. However, the Northern White rhino subspecies is down to two individuals, both female.

Luckily there are amazing conservation programs and organizations around the world that are fighting to save our rhinos, in particular there are incredible rangers who have dedicated their lives to protecting rhinos, a dangerous task with many having lost their lives.

Photos by Ami Vitale

All Event Times Listed in Eastern

Rhino 911 with Nico Jacobs

September 22nd @ 9:00am eastern

Join helicopter pilot and founder of Rhino911 Nico Jacobs as he shares the challenges rhinos are facing in South Africa with poaching and his adventures protecting them. He founded Rhino911 to provide helicopter air support for rhino conservation. He flies veterinarians in the field to treat injured rhinos, rescues orphaned rhino calves when their mothers have been killed by poachers and brings anti-poaching units out in the field to stop and arrest poachers.  

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CeCe Sieffert | Sumatran and Javan Rhino Conservation

September 22nd @ 11:00am eastern

Join CeCe to learn about conservation efforts being undertaking to protect the Sumatran and Javan rhinos, two species whose numbers are below 100 individuals. We’ll virtually visit two locations where they’re protecting these two critically endangered rhino species.

CeCe is a conservation biologist and the Chief Conservation Director at the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), where she focuses on IRF’s field programs and partners. CeCe has twenty years of conservation and corporate experience. The IRF ( is dedicated to ensuring the survival of rhinos through strategic partnerships, targeted protection, and scientifically sound interventions. Ms. Sieffert has worked in wildlife conservation since 2011, including a stint in China, where she lived and worked, implementing an environmental education curriculum development project for the International Crane Foundation in Guizhou, China. Upon return to the US, CeCe worked at the World Wildlife Fund, where she focused on community-based conservation and the illegal wildlife trade. 

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Live at the Toronto Zoo with the Greater One-horned Rhino

September 22nd @ 1:00pm eastern

Have you ever wondered how your Toronto Zoo is helping to support Rhinoceros conservation? Join us on World Rhino Day for a virtual field trip to the Toronto Zoo to meet the Indian (Greater one-horned) Rhinos! The greater one-horned rhinos have made an exciting comeback from the brink of extinction. By 1900, fewer than 200 individuals remained, but there are now more than 3,000 individuals, due to conservation efforts in both India and Nepal.

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