From: NPR
Published September 24, 2012 05:53 AM

World Rhino Day was this weekend

If you had a sudden urge to put a horn on your head, not use your knees and chew on some leaves, you may be catching the spirit of World Rhino Day. It was celebrated all over the world this week end with art shows, auctions, walk-a-thons and lectures with the theme of "Five Rhino Species Forever." It's not too late to keep Rhinoceros conservation in  your thoughts and to make an effort to help them in your own way.

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The effort is to raise awareness for the threats posed to the rhinoceroses who are hunted for their horns, which are believed to have medicinal properties. The commemorative day is only in its second year, but it's caught on in zoos and conservation parks around the world. 

Even without the prompting of an international day of awareness, the animal conservation group WWF recently organized three dozen religious leaders from nine African countries representing Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus to spread the word about rhinoceros conservation.

They toured Kenya's Nairobi National Park earlier this week where they learned more about the challenges facing the two African species of rhinos. The expectation is for the leaders to return to their congregations and speak out against the poaching of rhinos, as well as elephants who are slaughtered for their ivory tusks.

For more information visit WorldRhinoDay. Graphic credit:  WorldRhinoDay.org.

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