IUCN: Critically Endangered | CITES: Appendix I | ESA: Endangered
Between 2010-2014 alone, 78 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums reported investing over $4.2 million towards rhinoceros conservation - with more than $1.5 million directly benefiting black rhinos. The AZA community supported organizations such as the International Rhino Foundation, a charity dedicated to the global conservation of rhinos through allocation of funds towards projects and species in need. In addition, for over two decades, AZA-accredited institutions have provided financial support to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, through the American Association of Zoo Keepers Bowling for Rhinos program. Lewa is home to 12% of Kenya's black rhino population, making it an integral partner to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that are dedicated to rhino conservation.
Learn more about these projects, along with other field conservation and research efforts undertaken by AZA member institutions, by visiting AZA's Conservation and Research Database. Institutions report projects and update existing projects on a yearly basis, and these data are used for AZA's Annual Report on Conservation and Science and related publications.
Rhinoceros TAG Chair: Stephen Shurter, White Oak Conservation Center
Rhinoceros TAG Vice Chair: Randy Rieches, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
SSP Coordinator: Lisa Smith, Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History
Studbook Keeper: Gina Ferrie, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Rhino Fact Sheet
For more information about AZA SAFE and its commitment to black rhino conservation, please contact SAFEblackrhino@aza.org.
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