Zoo Chat | World Rhino Day

Guess What:  The Zoo also has some very exciting Rhino news to share - so join us for World Rhino Day this Friday. Pictured are Mesi and her mother Kufara (Black Rhinos). Photos: Rick Stevens.
Guess What: The Zoo also has some very exciting Rhino news to share - so join us for World Rhino Day this Friday. Pictured are Mesi and her mother Kufara (Black Rhinos). Photos: Rick Stevens.

World Rhino Day – the countdown is on!

This Friday, September 22, 2017 is World Rhino Day – a day that celebrates all five species of Rhino including Black, White, Greater One-horned (or Indian), Sumatran and Javan, and raises awareness of the plight of Rhinos in the wild.

Sadly, all of these Rhino species are under threat from poaching and habitat loss, with 1160 Rhinos poached last year in Africa alone.

Here at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, we’ll be celebrating all things Rhino on Friday with plenty of activities planned from 10am-1pm on September 22.

Come down and join us for kids' activities and guessing competitions, social media photo booths with fun Rhino props for visitor photos and three informative Rhino Keeper talks daily on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September!

Our knowledgeable Zoo Keepers and Volunteers will also be on hand to answer all your Rhino-related questions. The Zoo also has some very exciting Rhino news to share - so join us for World Rhino Day this Friday and help us raise awareness for Rhinos!

  • What: World Rhino Day at Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • When: Friday 22 September, 10am-1pm
  • Cost: Free with your Zoo admission
  • Keeper Talks 22-24 September: Black Rhino 9.25am, White Rhino 2.30pm, Greater One-horned Rhino 2.40pm.
  • Rhinos at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the only Zoo in Australia to have three species of Rhino - the Black Rhino, White Rhino and Greater One-horned Rhino.

In April this year the Zoo’s Southern Black Rhinoceros had a calf, Mesi. Mesi was born on April 11 marked the third generation of Southern Black Rhino to be born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The name Mesi means ‘smoke’ in the South African Sotho language.

Taronga is a founding member of the International Rhino Foundation, which has championed the survival of the world's Rhinos through conservation and research for 25 years.

Taronga actively supports conservation efforts for wild Rhinos in Africa, Indonesia and India, including providing funds and support for habitat protection and reforestation, anti poaching and rhino protection units, and reduction of human-rhino conflict.

The Zoo’s efforts to safeguard a strong insurance population of Rhinos is critical in ensuring these remarkable species are preserved and protected.

To find out more about this wonderful animals or otheer zoo information visit taronga.org.au