Crash into Nashville Zoo’s World Rhino Day Celebration
Nashville Zoo’s white rhinoceroses will be in the spotlight this Sunday, September 24 during the Zoo’s World Rhino Day Celebration, presented by LGI Homes. Although World Rhino Day is being celebrated internationally on Friday, we will be hosting an event for Zoo guests on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can participate in activities that focus on the conservation of the white rhinoceros.
Rhino poaching has increased dramatically over the past decade, threatening the survival of the species. In South Africa alone, poachers kill three or more white rhinos per day to feed the increasing demand for rhino horn on the black market, where a rhino horn can be worth $30,000 per pound. In addition to poaching, human development has fragmented landscapes where rhinos live, leading to smaller, isolated populations that cannot reach each other to breed.
Since 2014, the Zoo has given more than $75,000 to rhinoceros conservation organizations, such as International Rhino Foundation and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and is committed to donating an additional $25,000 per year for the next five years. These contributions have helped support many rhino conservation projects in Africa, including anti-poaching and community engagement initiatives. In addition, the Zoo’s rhinos serve as ambassadors for their species - educating and inspiring guests to take action to save the species - while also contributing to valuable rhinoceros research used in several conservation programs around the world.
During the Zoo’s World Rhino Day Celebration, ZooTeens or volunteers will be at the Zoo’s white rhinoceros exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with biofacts, educational activities, crafts and games for kids. Rhino keepers will be hosting two special keeper talks at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A rhino-themed children’s story will be read at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The World Rhino Day Celebration is free with Zoo admission or membership. World Rhino Day Celebration is presented by LGI Homes. For more information, visit www.nashvillezoo.org.
About Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is actively engaged in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard. Celebrating 20 years at Grassmere, the Zoo attracts more than 890,000 visitors annually and is considered one of the top attractions in Nashville. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information about Nashville Zoo, visit www.nashvillezoo.org.