“Timing is everything. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is marking World Rhino Day on Sept. 22 with a little rhino news of its own. The Palm Desert attraction will open a new Rhino Savanna habitat on Nov. 12 with a pair of African black rhinos, Jaali and Nia, along with 12 other African species.
World Rhino Day celebrates the five species of rhinos and encourages advocacy and awareness of the threats they face. Currently listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), black rhino numbers are staggeringly low with only 5,600 in Africa. Black rhinos’ main threats are humans, and in particular, the rampant poaching of their horns for ill-perceived medicinal cures…”