Coming up is World Rhino Day. World Rhino Day will be held on Tuesday 22nd of September. Check out this years World Rhino Day's events here. One of the goals of World Rhino Day is to stop the demand for rhino horns. Another goal is to debunk the myth that rhino horns cure cancer. Some people believe that the horn of this unique creature cures diseases such as cancer but the truth is that it is just as good as chewing your finger nails. Between 1990 and 2007 only 14 Rhinos were killed a year in South Africa but last year over 1200 Rhinos were poached. One of the reasons for the massive increase in Rhino Poaching is because many cultures believe that Rhino horns cures cancer making a lot more demand for the horns. World Rhino day is fighting for both African Rhino and Asian Rhino species. If you haven't already seen my interview with Kyle Ewart from The Australian Museum about their Rhino Horn Research to help stop Rhino Trafficking click here. Every day 3 Rhinos die and every week a ranger dies for standing up for what they believe and working to protect this wonderful creature. World Rhino Day first started in 2010 by WWF-South Africa. And a year later it became an international event!
Recently there has been some exciting Rhino news. The Javan Rhinos population has increased to 60 animals! WWF's camera traps have spotted three calfs. Hopefully the Javan Rhino will continue to increase in numbers and get off the Critically Endangered list.
The camera trap video is below:
Sydney Scientist's are acting against Australia's Rhinoceros horn black market. Kyle Ewart and Dr Rebecca Johnson are developing a DNA test to help save the Rhino from becoming extinct. They have developed an invention to use on rhino horn products that can tell what species of Rhino the product is and even the individual rhino!, all in two hours! It can be used at Australian Customs and can be given to overseas governments to to help stop poachers.
There are 5 species of rhinoceros 3 of which are critically endangered. The other 2 are near threatened and vulnerable. Poaching for their horns is their main threat.
Did you know that so far in 2014 1020 Rhinos have been killed by poachers! One thing the horns are used for is cancer cures & medicine but it has been scientifically proven that this is no better than chewing on your hair or fingernails!
To learn about one species of Rhino the Sumatran Rhino click on the link, Sumatran Rhino.
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