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Fun With Rhinos

The International Rhino Foundation is involved in conservation programs both in nature and in captivity for the five species of rhino that are endangered. They have some fun activities on their website.

Two Horned RhinocerosIf you like crafts and artwork, you’re in luck. Check out the Teacher Resources. You can make your own origami rhino using the outline and directions the Foundation provides. Courtesy of the Edinburgh Zoo, which was involved in the Scottish Beaver Trial, the UK’s first formal mammal reintroduction conservation project.

Or you can cut and color your own savannah complete with rhinos, zebras, giraffes and other animals. The savannah was designed by the Givskud Zoo  in Denmark that (like so many zoos) is involved in education, conservation and research.

The International Rhino Foundation also has two full color, printable small posters about rhinos available for free download. Both give a well balanced view into the status and work for rhinos today.

Rhinoceros in the wildIn support of family trivia nights and social small talk, the Foundation has posted 25 amazing facts about rhinos on their website. Did you know that a rhino’s skin is much softer than it looks, and its sensitivity to sunburns and insect bites and rhinos like rolling in mud to protect it? If you were approaching a rhino, they might not see you due to their poor eyesight, but they would sure smell and hear you. If you startle one, quickly climb a tree because if the rhino charges you it can run up to 30-40 miles per hour. People have been doing this for millions of years – rhinos have existed on earth for over 50 million years, and once roamed throughout North America and Europe as well as Asia and Africa.

If you’d like more information about rhinos, the Foundation also has a free downloadable 44 page guidebook about rhinos and their conservation. But please remember – read it online and avoid using paper if possible – deforestation hurts rhinos as well as other animals.

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