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Save The Rhino Day

Updated on April 28, 2011

Save The Rhino Day

Save The Rhino Day takes place on the 1st May every year. The day is important as it serves to draw attention to the plight of the Rhinoceros in the wild. The Rhino is in trouble, big trouble and in spite of huge efforts to protect it it is still being poached every year.

The 'Save The Rhino Day' is different from 'World Rhino Day' which takes place on September the 22nd. Two special days for one animal? And why not? They are special!

Big money is involved in rhino poaching . The Rhinoceros horn is worth more than its weight in gold and so people are drawn to the chance of easy money. The Rhino horn is cut from the unfortunate animal after it has been killed. The horn itself is made up of keratin and so is not really any different in composition to human finger nails.

Sadly though the horn is in demand for the manufacture of traditional dagger handles in Yemen and to supply the traditional medicine market in the Far East. Human greed is being fed at the expense of the lives of these wonderful and magnificent animals.

 

Rhinoceros Profile

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Rhino Species

There are just five species of Rhinoceros.

  • White Rhinoceros - Ceratotherium simum - Near Threatened

(Whereas I say there are just FIVE species of Rhinoceros, recent work on the DNA has shown that the Northern and Southern races of the White Rhinoceros are in actual fact different species. So now it seems we have SIX species...we await the books to be re-written. This news makes the Northern White Rhinoceros very rare indeed and it may well be extinct in the wild.)

  • Black Rhinoceros - Diceros bicornis - Critically Endangered

Which are found in Africa. And....

  • Indian/Greater One Horned Rhinoceros - Rhinoceros unicornis - Vulnerable
  • Sumatran Rhinoceros - Dicerorhinus sumatrensis - Critically Endangered
  • Javan Rhinoceros - Rhinoceros sondaicus - Critically Endangered

Which all occur in Asia.

 

What To Do On Save The Rhino Day?

On Save The Rhino Day you should make people aware of the plight of these magnificent animals. Send a Tweet, put a message on Facebook let people know.

Visit your local zoo. See the Rhino's, here them, smell them, experience being close to them. Speak to the keepers. Time permitting a Rhino keeper likes nothing more than to talk about the animals they care for.

You can learn more about Rhinoceros Conservation by visiting this WEBSITE

Rhino At Home on the Range

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    Hunor Barabás 

    6 years ago from Romania

    Hi! I really enjoyed your hub about those poor rhinos. I wrote a similiar one, I don't want to compete with you, just want those rhinos to live the life they deserve. I learned so much from you, thanks! Voted up and shared!

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    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello, - Its sad isn't it? Human greed will stop at nothing.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    They won't give up until there is nothing left. Thank you for a brilliant hub.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Eiddwen. Have a good day.

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    Eiddwen 

    7 years ago from Wales

    Hi peter,

    A great hub so thank you for sharing.

    I push all the buttons here.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    OHHH well the thought was there..sorry..still learning. Thank you!

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    You sent me fan mail. Not sure what you did. I do understand something of linking...but not how you would link to another person in a hub. You could link to another hub within a hub using capsules or by linking to a section of text. Wharever...the thought is appreciated. Thanks again.

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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    Okay guess I do not understand the link process..lol Can you help me understand? I thought by linking it would show up on my page for others to see..what did I just do? Thanks

    Sunnie

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you Sunnie, much appreciated.

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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    Good Morning Peter,

    This is so sad..Thanks for making us more aware of their plight. I linked your hub.

    Thanks,

    Sunnie

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    thesailor - The number of Rhinos already killed this year is quite shocking.

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    thesailor 

    7 years ago from Seven Seas

    OMG! If those poachers have the backing of some rich collectors, they'll continue doing such illegal act on the rhinos.

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