Today is World Rhino Day, a day focusing on spreading awareness for the five living rhino species and the work being done to save them. Four of the five remaining species are threatened with extinction. Three are critically endangered, meaning that they could go extinct in our lifetime. At the start of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed the earth. Today, there are only 28,000 left. Poaching and habitat fragmentation threaten rhino populations daily.
The Fort Worth Zoo participates in a cooperative breeding program with other zoos in an effort to maintain a healthy, self-sustaining population of greater one-horned and southern black rhinos (the two species here at the Zoo) that can serve as a hedge against extinction. The Zoo also actively partners with the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) whose mission is to ensure the survival of rhinos with boots-on-the-ground conservation methods utilizing strategic partnerships, targeted protection techniques and scientifically sound interventions.
To learn more about how you can help these endangered species, check out the Fort Worth Zoo-supported IRF and #KeeptheFiveAlive https://rhinos.org/