The International Rhino Foundation has made an impassioned plea for more support as we reach the end of 2011.
It has been a bad year for these magnificent animals as sub species of the Black Rhino and the Javan Rhino went extinct in western Africa and Vietnam respectively.
Furthermore while 400 rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year alone, only 3% of the rhino poachers have been convicted.
Rhino anti poaching rangers are faced with a difficult and underfunded job. Thousands of them are doing the best that they can without the most basic supplies such as tents or binoculars.
On the other hand the poaching gangs are highly sophisticated and this high earning business has provided them with everything from light aircraft to machine guns. Faced with these odds the rhinos barely have a hope.
The poachers can make large amounts of money on the black market from buyers who mistakenly believe that rhino horn has medicinal properties. The horn is in fact made of keratin but thanks to their ignorance rhino horn can fetch a greater price that gold in certain Asian markets.
Not only does this high demand put the lives of the rhinos in danger, but the brave anti-poaching rangers who literally put their lives on the line as they try and stop the massacres from occurring.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is also committed to the welfare of Rhinos and you can visit our website to make a donation to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Save the Rhinos campaign, one of the foremost rhino conservation societies.
Noah’s Ark is also home to Rumba and Rumbull, a male and female rhino who are currently trying to mate.
If you want to experience what it is like to feed and care for rhinos, why not apply to us to become a zoo keeper for the day and see these huge animals grazing on our massive farm zoo enclosure?