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:
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