Wildlife lovers across the globe came together tohonorWorld Rhino Day onSeptember 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 sincetwo determined women launched the cause in 2010, this importantoccasion hasboasted an enthusiasticfollowing both online and off that continues to grow and build interest in protecting wildlife. The popular conversation about poachingand the depletion of the world's rhino population has sparked multiple conservation efforts and guided interested individuals toward the various ways he or shecan 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 ofeach endangered species.Prince William, who isone 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 sincerelyexpressedthe 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 voicesaround the worldspeaking outagainstthetrade of rhino hornandpleading to stop poachers and traffickersbefore it is too late.

What you can do to help

Although many wildanimaladmirers 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 Every little bitgoes a long way indecreasing the value and desirability of these outdated commodities, as volunteering, research and word of mouth all make a difference.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 tothe efforts of largeorganizations like the African Wildlife Foundation or small ones like Latest Sightings will lead to a world of change.

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