World Rhino Day - September 22nd

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

Celebrate World Rhino Day 2017 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo!

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Rhinos at Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to three species of Rhino including the Black Rhino, White Rhino and Greater One-horned (or Indian) Rhino.

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.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is also the only zoo in Australia to have three species of Rhino, and three successful Rhino breeding programs. Our efforts to safeguard a strong insurance population of Rhinos within the Zoo, and in collaboration with other zoos, is our major focus in ensuring these species are preserved and protected.

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

Taronga Zoo has partnered with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, to create Wildlife Witness; the first global community action smartphone app in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.

Black Rhino (Africa)

The illegal rhino horn trade in Asia is worsening and is the single biggest threat to the Black Rhino. Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to one of the largest populations of the South-Central Black Rhino sub-species in human care in the world, with breeding facilities established here in 1991. We imported six Black Rhinos from Zimbabwe in 1994 for a zoo-based breeding program, as part of an initiative by the International Rhino Foundation. Since that time we have bred 13 Black Rhinos. Taronga Western Plains Zoo is the only breeder of Black Rhinos in the Australasian region.