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4th Annual INTERNATIONAL RHINO DAY!! ] :<)
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I established the first International Rhino Day back in 2000 as a way to help raise awareness & funds for the 5 remaining rhinos left on earth (all of which are CRITICALLY ENDANGERED)!!
Each year, in addition to simply using the day to help raise awareness & funds for rhinos, we also usually have a specific "agenda" (and action to take) for that year's International Rhino Day (See "Event Link" above for Agenda & Action) . . . This year, as the situation is now so dire, I feel our main agenda must be raising awareness regarding (and exposing) the practice of "Conservation via Killing" (see below for information) . . .
* NOTE: Although I have chosen the date of February 2nd (2/3) just so we have a reference point and a specific day to focus on rhinos and rhino education & conservation (and as a way for 2/3 to represent the 2 Asian species & 3 African species that make up the last 5 species of rhino), everyday is (and should be) "Rhino Day" as far as rhino education & conservation goes because, as I said, there are only 5 species of rhino left on earth and all 5 are critically endangered and threatened with imminent EXTINCTION if something drastic is not done to stop the main causes:
1) Poaching for Rhino Horn
2) Loss of Habitat
3) Practice of "Conservation via Killing" . . . *(See below for information)
There were once dozens of species of rhino all over the world - including those indigenous to the American Continent! . . . Now only 5 species remain (and ALL 5 are CRITICALLY ENDANGERED & THREATENED with EXTINCTION)!!
As mentioned earlier, the main reasons for this imminent extinction are: Poaching for Rhino Horn (mostly because of demand by the Asian Market), Loss of Habitat (due to human encroachment on what's left of their natural habitat - esp. clearing of forests in Asia for the Palm Oil Industry), and something I call "Conservation via Killing" . . .
Although I placed this last one in 3rd place, in my opinion, it has currently become the #1 reason the last 5 rhinos on earth will go extinct because of the nature of this practice . . .
CONSERVATION via KILLING: What is "Conservation via Killing," you wonder - Sounds contradictory, doesn't it? . . . And that's exactly what it is (and why it will be the #1 reason that rhinos go extinct, if we do not do something to change this senseless practice).
"Conservation via Killing" is the term I've given to the so-called "conservation groups" and organizations that allow the "controlled" hunting & killing of rhinos as a means to "raise funds for conservation." . . . The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is the most prominent of these organizations (there are many others that partner with the WWF and also support Trophy Hunting).
See these links for more information:
You can also go to the website(s) below to find out more about me, rhinos, real rhino conservation & education, and International Rhino Day:
WHAT YOU CAN DO to HELP! . . . JOIN US:
Become a CR Ranger (Raise Awareness & Take Actions):
Raise Funds (support our work): http://www.cosmicrhinogifts.webs.com/
As I said, although 2/3 is the official "International Rhino Day," we need to (and do) fight for the few remaining rhinos EVERYDAY! . . .
So, if you can't make it on 2/3, please DO stop by any/all of the links here and . . .
JOIN US to RAISE AWARENESS & FUNDS for RHINOS!!
General Website & Directory:
Education & Advocacy:
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