Save the Rhino Day
About Save the Rhino Day
When is Save the Rhino Day? This holiday is always celebrated on May 1
Save the Rhino Day is today, a May 1 holiday. This day encourages us to be aware of, and support efforts to save the Rhinoceros from extinction. Rhinos have roamed the earth for over a million years. In the early 20th century, there were over 500, 000of these one-horned beats. Now, they number between 27,000 – 30,000. Some species are now extinct. Hunting and destruction of their habitat are the key reasons for their plunging population.
The Rhinoceros is a fascinating creature. Native to Africa and Asia, this leftover from the age of Dinosaurs was hunted to near extinction. Hunters on safaris killed Rhinos just for sport. Poachers hunt them for their horns. The horn is used as medicine, and for making knife handles, carved statues, and other objects. Animal rights groups have helped to save this animal from extinction, and their numbers have rebounded somewhat.
Did you know? The horn of the Rhinoceros is composed of the same material as your fingernail.
Here is some Rhinoceros Trivia:
- Rhinoceros means “nose horn”.
- There are 5 species of rhinos. The African White Rhinoceros has the largest population.
- A group of rhinos is called a “crash”.
- They can weigh over 4 tons.
- They love frolicking in the mud. The mud protects them from the sun and from insect bites.
- They are herbivores, eating only plants and a lot of them each day.
- Rhinos can run up to 31 miles per hour.
- Baby rhinos are nurtured by their mother for three years.
- They are called “odd-toed ungulates” because they have three large toes.
- Humans are their only predators.
How to Celebrate Save the Rhino Day
Here are some ways to celebrate and participate in Save the Rhino Day:
- Watch documentaries on the Rhinoceros.
- Visit Rhinos at a zoo.
- Better still, go on a safari to see one!
- You can also donate to animal rights and conservation groups working towards preserving the Rhinoceros.
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And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – – Polonius
History and Origin of Save the Rhino Day
Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day. While rhinoceros have existed for over a million years, this holiday only began around 2000.
We believe a rhinoceros support group started this holiday.
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