The entire community is invited to celebrate the unique beauty of the rhinoceros by joining the Racine Zoo Saturday to raise money and awareness on World Rhino Day.

World Rhino Day was started in 2010 to get people interested in and engaged about saving this endangered species. A press release from the Zoo says that just 100 years ago, 500,000 rhinos roamed the wilds of Africa. Today, there are only about 29,000 left, primarily because of poaching, and all of them are considered endangered, some of the critically.

During the Zoo’s World Rhino Day Saturday, visitors are encouraged to come to North Beach at 9 a.m. to help clean it up. All volunteers will be invited back to the Zoo with free admission to participate in special rhino-central activities like a scavenger hunt, face painting and more.

“Most rhinos are completely harmless and many are directly beneficial, it’s an honor to be able to work so closely with them” said Todd Schwenk, Assistant Curator of Conservation and Animal Care and Primary Rhino Specialist, in the press release. “The vanishing of these amazing mammals is truly heartbreaking, and if we don’t want to see them extinct we all need to do our part to help save these magnificent beasts.”

 

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