Save the Rhinos
EAZA Rhino Campaign
In September 2005 EAZA's fifth campaign was launched with the focus on preserving the five endangered rhino species worldwide. In collaboration with Save the Rhino International (SRI) the following aims were decided upon:
- to raise international awareness of the threats rhinos face;
- to promote the protection of these endangered animals; and
- to raise money for in situ conservation programmes.
- 123 EAZA member institutions and 11 non-EAZA members participated;
- Over €650,000 were raised for the conservation of rhinos in the wild; and
- A total of 22 conservation projects were being supported.
With only about 90 zoos holding rhinos, one of the challenges was how to engage the support of zoos that didn’t house them. This was achieved by using rhinos as a flagship species for the diverse species that share the same habitats and benefit from the presence of rhinos. The success of this strategy was reflected in the fact that 123 EAZA institutions and 11 non-members (schools, etc.) participated in the campaign.
The initial fundraising target for the campaign was €350,000. However the campaign proved to be so successful that eventually more than €660,000 were raised, enabling the support of greater number of projects than initially envisaged.
Douglas, the mascot of the EAZA Rhino campaign made by Aardman Productions
It was agreed there would be at least one conservation project for each of the five rhino species. The projects were also to include a range of activities considered important for conserving rhinos such as monitoring, anti-poaching, translocation, field research and community outreach programmes.
EAZA involved the IUCN-SSC African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups in the selection process.The 22 selected projects were as follows:
- Rhino monitoring equipment for National Parks, Kenya
- Environmental education programme at the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Kenya
- Re-establishment of black rhino, Zambia
- Lifting crane for rhino capture truck, Zimbabwe
- Rhino translocation equipment, Namibia
- Hluhluwe EAZA rhino security equipment funding, South Africa
- Rhino Horn-Fingerprinting Project
- Combating the illegal trade in and demand for rhino horn Yemen
- India rhino vision 2020, India
- Conservation of rhino in India and strategy framework to reduce rhino poaching in range countries, India
- Rhino Protection Units for Javan and Sumatran rhinos, Indonesia
- Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, Tanzania
- Supporting the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group
- Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries
- Lowveld Rhino Conservancy Project
- Rhino Trust, Namibia
- Research on black rhino nutrition
- National Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal
- Rhino Protection Units, Sabah, Malaysia
- Enhanced Community Outreach Programme, Sabah, Malaysia
- Chyulu Hills Rhino Programme, Kenya
- Midlands Black Rhino Conservancy
All further donations were sent to Save the Rhino (SRI). For detailed information of funds distributed download the documents above to the right.
The continental strategic framework and direction for African (black and white) rhino conservation is provided by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) and Asian Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG).
Save the Rhinos
IUCN Red List
IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)
African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG)
Asian Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG)
EAZA Rhino Campaign Fact Sheet
Rhino Campaign Report 2006
In situ Rhino Conservation: fundraising priorities