#wildlife lovers across the globe came together to honor World Rhino Day on September 22nd. The annual event, which celebrates all five rhino species and spreads awareness about the threats these African and Asian animals face, has become a worldwide phenomenon. Ever since two determined women launched the cause in 2010, this important occasion has boasted an enthusiastic following both online and off that continues to grow and build interest in protecting wildlife. The popular conversation about poaching and the depletion of the world's rhino population has sparked multiple conservation efforts and guided interested individuals toward the various ways he or she can help this crucial cause.
Poaching and the rhino population
The illegal wildlife trade has taken center stage in recent years, as time is running out to put a stop to poaching for ivory and replenish the numbers of each endangered species. Prince William, who is one of the main public figures guiding attention toward the increasing levels of poaching and diminishing animal populations, made a speech this year stating the difficult facts and urging action. By revealing that the African elephant will be gone by the time his daughter celebrates her 25th birthday, he sincerely expressed the need to address poaching immediately and help avoid the extinction of animals native to Africa and Asia. The Duke of Cambridge joined the chorus of voices around the world speaking out against the trade of rhino horn and pleading to stop poachers and traffickers before it is too late.
What you can do to help
Although many wild animal admirers feel helpless in this battle against obtaining, selling and buying of wildlife products, a number of ways to help the global effort do exist. Every little bit goes a long way in decreasing the value and desirability of these outdated commodities, as volunteering, research and word of mouth all make a difference. Whether your interests lie government, business or conservation, contributing to the efforts of large organizations like the African Wildlife Foundation or small ones like Latest Sightings will lead to a world of change. #WorldRhinoDay