Johannesburg Zoo marches to raise awareness against rhino poaching.


In South Africa one rhino is poached for its horn every 21 hours. The Johannesburg Zoo is taking a stand against the illegal trade and the devastating toll it is taking on rhino populations. There will be two marches taking place at the zoo during November. The first march will be for zoo staff on Friday the 11th and the second will be a march for the public on Sunday the 13th November.


  

 

The march on Friday the 11th of November will start at 1pm until 2pm and staff will walk within the precinct of the zoo and stop to picket outside the Jan Smuts Avenue entrance of the zoo. The march will end at the White Rhino enclosure where marchers will write messages on our Rhino Message board.

 


The march for public on Sunday the 13th will start at 10am with a short speech by the zoo at the Bandstand. Marchers will walk on a designated route within the zoo towards the rhino enclosures. Marchers will first stop at the White Rhino enclosure where there will be a talk on the plight of rhinos. Afterwards the march will continue along the route ending at Phila, the black rhino’s enclosure. The march will give the public a chance to express their thoughts and feelings by writing messages on our Rhino message boards. Standard zoo entry fees apply and public are encouraged to bring their own placards to the event.


The march forms part of the zoo’s month long campaign to raise awareness on rhino poaching and highlight these magnificent mammals. Other activities taking place during November include weekend rhino talks and weekly animal enrichment at the White and Black Rhino enclosures.


The Johannesburg Zoo invites you to join us for this event and help publicize the event through your channels (broadcast, print and online).


Please RSVP by Friday 11 November at 11am to candice.segal@jhbzoo.org.za or 082 451 7466.


Prepared Candice Segal and issued by Letta Madlala Brand and Communications Manager on behalf of the Johannesburg Zoo. END.





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