Millions of rhinos once roamed the wilds of three continents, from Africa to Asia to Europe.
Today, their numbers are in rapid decline.
Every year more than a thousand of these magnificent creatures are killed for their horns, with one rhino killed nearly every eight hours.
We’ve already lost the Western Black Rhino and Northern White Rhino forever in recent years and experts predict that, with the poaching rate now exceeding the birth rate in Africa, the Southern White Rhino could be extinct in less than a decade.
Now, more than ever, rhinos need our help.
At Zoos South Australia, we’re proud to be doing our bit to help save rhinos from extinction.
Together with The Australian Rhino Project, Taronga Conservation Society and Orana Wildlife Park, we are aiming to relocate up to forty Southern White Rhinos from Africa to Monarto Zoo in South Australia.
Here they will be safe from harm and, together with others held in our region, form a genetically viable insurance population that will exist well into the future should it be needed to repopulate their native range in Africa.
Importing animals on this scale is a big mission and we always knew it wouldn’t happen overnight, but we’re proud to say we’re closer than ever to achieving this ambitious dream of bringing rhinos to safety in South Australia.
Thanks to a generous bequest, the support of our passionate rhino ambassadors and funds raised from two successful Rhino Galas, we’re building the 1000-square-metre Anthony Taylor Rhino Quaratnine and Management Centre.
The facility is now partially completed, with the undercover areas of the rhino holding yards finished.
Work on the outdoor sections is commencing soon, and once completed, each rhino will have five acres of irrigated grazing yards.
Through our successful captive breeding program, we’re proud to have bred six Southern White Rhino calves at Monarto Zoo.
The most recent calf, cheeky female Imani, was born in early November to experienced mum Umqali.
Little Imani not only marks an incredibly important contribution to the international breeding program, but also acts as a powerful ambassador for her cousins in the wild.
As a conservation charity, it’s only with the support of passionate conservationists like you that we’ll be able to fully bring our ambitious project to life and ensure rhinos like Imani are around for generations to come.
Help us create a rhino sanctuary at Monarto Zoo before rhinos disappear before our eyes.
Please donate today – be the hero that rhinos desperately need.