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.
Join the Houston Zoo for our annual Feed Your Wild Life Conservation Gala on October 20, 2016 and help us protect rhinos. With the ongoing support from the Conservation Gala, the Houston Zoo has contributed more than $7.5 million over the last five years to successful efforts that have helped protect wildlife and wild places.
2016 Feed Your Wild Life Conservation Gala
Saving Rhinos: Stories from Africa
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Honoring former Houston Zoo Director, Rick Barongi and longtime Zoo supporter, Don Kendall
Co-Chairs: Nancy & David Pustka and Randa & K.C. Weiner
Special Guest Moderator:
Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer
Conservation Highlights for the Evening:
Raoul du Toit and Natasha Anderson, Lowveld Rhino Trust
Jeff Muntifering, Namibia’s Black Rhinos
Our Rhino Conservation Partners
About the Lowveld Rhino Trust
Lowveld Rhino Trust (LRT) intensively tracks and monitors rhinos to confirm their ongoing well-being, treats rhinos with snare and bullet wounds, assists authorities with prosecuting poachers, and translocates rhinos from high-risk areas to safer locations when necessary. LRT also works to raise community awareness and support for rhino conservation through rural schools. Over 140 rural primary schools are part of this program. This is important work as the long term survival of rhinos depends on the people who live with them. Unless rhinos are seen as having value to these communities, they will have little reason to help protect them or maintain land for rhinos to live on.
About Namibia’s Black Rhinos
Namibia supports over a third of the world’s critically endangered black rhinos, including the last truly wild population that survives in the northern reaches of the Kunene Region. It is here that our partners are working to save the desert black rhino. For over 30 years, nonprofits, government, local communities, conservation organizations, and more recently, private sector tourism, have built lasting partnerships to protect this unique, desert-adapted population of black rhino. These efforts are an example of one of the world’s most successful initiatives to save this species. Under the Namibian government’s innovative Rhino Custodianship Program, black rhinos recently have been returned to the country’s expansive communal lands.
About the International Rhino Foundation
For 25 years, the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) has championed the survival of the world’s rhinos through conservation and research. IRF operates on-the-ground programs in all areas of the world where rhinos live in the wild. In five countries across two continents, they support viable populations of the five remaining rhino species and the communities that coexist with them.
If you have any questions about tickets or tables to the gala, please contact Ginger Moon at 713-533-6584 or email@example.com