Sixth Annual World Rhino Day is September 22

The Sixth Annual World Rhino Day will be celebrated September 22, 2015!
Five Rhino Species Forever: The Sixth Annual World Rhino Day will be celebrated September 22, 2015!

World Rhino Day 2015: On September 22, NGOs, zoos, businesses, schools and citizens everywhere will unite to celebrate one of Earth’s most beloved species: the rhino.

The sixth annual World Rhino Day will honor all five rhino species with an exciting agenda of activities including rhino encounters, nail painting, nose painting, fundraising, films, posters, photography, coloring, painting, writing contests, t-shirts and more! With just one week to go, rhino supporters from Australia, Estonia, Indonesia, Japan, Namibia, South Africa, the UK and United States have announced World Rhino Day events which you can find on the 2015 Events page on the World Rhino Day website (worldrhinoday.org).

For the latest World Rhino Day 2015 news, be sure to check the World Rhino Day Facebook page (facebook.com/WorldRhinoDay), the World Rhino Day 2015 Events page, and the newly launched World Rhino Day Twitter feed (@RhinoDaySept22), all of which are being updated throughout the day by dedicated volunteers.

Get ready for World Rhino Day with a poster you can color yourself! (Or not.) Download both posters below:

Five Rhino Species Forever!

There are three Asian rhino species and two African rhino species.

  • Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus): Indonesia. Population: Fewer than 100 individuals. IUCN Status: Critically Endangered.
  • Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis): Indonesia. Population: Fewer than 100 individuals.
  • Greater one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis): India and Nepal. Population: 3,345. IUCN Status: Vulnerable.
  • Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis): Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Population: 5,050. IUCN Status: Critically Endangered.
  • White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum): Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Population: 20,405. IUCN Status: Near Threatened.

If you have a World Rhino Day event to register or media request, please send an email to: info [at] worldrhinoday [dot] com.


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Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.