World Rhino Day is celebrated annually on September 22nd. The word Rhinoceros is derived from the Greek word “rhinokerōs” meaning nose-horned. Rhinos are hunted and killed for their horns. Very few rhinos survive outside national parks amid persistent poaching and habitat loss. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were about 500,000 rhinos. By 1970, their numbers dropped to 70,000, and today, experts believe that only 27,000 to 30,000 rhinos are still alive.
World Rhino Day is observed to raise public awareness about threats to the Rhinoceros population and wellbeing. You can celebrate this day by learning more about Africa’s armored giant, signing petitions that demand protection for this critically endangered mammal, and organizing a classroom discussion. On this day you can also organize Peaceful demonstrations, fundraising dinners, and poster displays.
World Rhino Day will be celebrated on Sunday, September 22, 2024.