Animal lovers come together to celebrate World Rhino Day

1rhino061815Sudan, the last male northern white rhino left on the planet, lives alone in a 10-acre enclosure, with 24-hour guards, in Kenya.

Animal lovers around the world, rejoice! Today is World Rhino Day. On September 22, the world celebrates all five species of rhinoceros, including the black rhino, white rhino, greater one-horned (Indian) rhino, Sumatran rhino and Javan rhino.

World Rhino Day was first created by World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) in 2010, and for the past five years, the world has honored the magnificent creatures on this day.

The rhinoceros species is native to Africa and Asia, and has been roaming the earth ever since cavemen were around. Today, rhinos are a vulnerable species because of habitat loss, natural disasters, and most gruesomely, poaching. In fact, poachers even go as far as sawing off the rhino’s horn, to use in Eastern medicine.

Rhinoceros horns are displayed in Hong Kong's Customs and Excise Department Offices on November 15, 2011. Hong Kong Customs on November 14, 2011, seized 33 unmanifested rhinoceros horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets, worth about 17.4 million HKD (2.23 Million USD), inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Cape Town, South Africa. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)

Rhinoceros horns are displayed in Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department Offices on November 15, 2011. Hong Kong Customs on November 14, 2011, seized 33 unmanifested rhinoceros horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets, worth about 17.4 million HKD (2.23 Million USD), inside a container shipped to Hong Kong from Cape Town, South Africa. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)

With the constant threat to the rhinoceros and wildlife population as a whole, there is so much you can do to get involved, especially today on World Rhino Day and all the time. We encourage visitors and members of Reform Sasscer Movement to Visit worldrhinoday.org to see how you can get involved.

Read more >>> Fate of entire subspecies of rhino left to one elderly male

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