Joburg Zoo marches against Rhino poaching

On the 4th of November 2012, Johannesburg Zoo will host a march to protest against rhino poaching. The march starts at 10:00 and ends at 11:30 and will take place inside the Zoo grounds. The Zoo aims to highlight the plight of the rhino and the implication of rhino poaching. The Zoo also hopes to mobilize the general public to take action! The programme will also address what other organisations are doing to save the rhino. The zoo will report on the status, breeding of the rhino, in particular, the black rhino and successful prosecutions that have taken place. Protestors will be asked to sign a pledge on the day and give their suggestions to the authorities on ways and means to save the Rhino.

The Zoo is actively involved in conservation, undertaking numerous ex situ projects and administering conservation education. Today the biggest threat facing the rhino species in the wild is poaching. Since 2010 the Zoo has housed “Phila” the black rhino, one of the casualties of poaching who survived against all odds and is alive and healthy today and residing in Joburg Zoo. “Phila” is a symbol of survival and her story helps visitors to understand what the implications of Rhino poaching will be for the future.
On the day visitors will also get an opportunity meet “Zimbi” and ” Peter” the white rhino’s and will also be able to buy anti poaching rhino paraphernalia. All proceeds will go towards rhino conservation.

Please come along and join us so that we may make our voices heard to save the Rhino. Please confirm your attendance with or 011 646 2000 x 260 by the 26 October 2012.

Prepared by Kevin Halama and issued by Letta Madlala, Brand & Communications Manager, Johannesburg Zoo, on behalf of the Johannesburg Zoo, 25 October 2012.

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