Once, hundreds of thousands of rhinos wandered the wilds of Africa and Asia. Now, fewer than 30,000 are left on the entire planet. Their dwindling population is under severe threat due to the illegal trade of rhino horn, which is still believed in some cultures to have medicinal properties. Rhino horn has even been confiscated at our own Houston port! This beautiful animal faces large-scale illegal poaching and is in urgent need of protection.
At the Feed Your Wild Life Conservation Gala held on October 20, 2016, Houston Zoo supporters came together to save rhinos in the wild. Through sponsorships, tables, tickets, silent auction and paddles up, together we raised more than $1,030,000 to protect rhinos and other wildlife around the world. By far, this Conservation Gala was the most successful yet! This was a spectacular evening for our rhino conservation partners in attendance, Lowveld Rhino Trust and Save the Rhino Trust Namibia. Generous support from our guests will help them in the field as they conduct anti-poaching patrols, deliver outreach programs, track wild rhinos, and much more.
Madagascar: Land of Lemurs!October 12, 2017