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We are celebrating the birth of the rhino calf born to Andazi, a 7-year-old eastern black rhinoceros, on August 17, 2013 by featuring this critically endangered species on our 2013-2014 poster for schools. The new arrival is the first black rhino born in Zoo Atlanta’s more than 124-year history. Andazi and her mate, 9-year-old Utenzi, were recommended to breed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Rhino Species Survival Plan, which seeks to maintain a genetically diverse, self-sustaining rhino population within accredited North American zoos.
Hunted almost to extinction in the 1980s, eastern black rhinos have experienced near-catastrophic population declines in recent decades, largely as a result of poaching for their horns, skin and other body parts, which are believed by some cultures to have medicinal value. Conservation programs and stringent patrolling of rhino habitat have helped populations increase to around 4,800 in the wild, but the species remains critically endangered. The eastern black rhino’s relative, the western black rhino, was declared extinct in 2011.
Engage children in learning more about rhinoceros and joining us in protecting them by utilizing the activities and resources below. Follow the calf’s milestones on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.
Standards-Based Classroom Activities (PDFs)
- Reasons Rhinos Rock (Pre-K – Grade 2)
- Rockin Rhino Detectives (3rd – 5th Grade)
- Stayin’ Alive: Encore! For Rhinos (Middle & High School)
Rockin’ Out for Rhinos Class Contest
Involve your students in a campaign to raise awareness about rhino conservation through producing content in one of three categories:
- Music video – video format
- Artwork – photo or video format
- Presentation/Speech – video format
Zoo Atlanta staff will vote for the top 3 winners in the following age groups: Elementary school, Middle school and High school.
- All content must be age and school-appropriate.
- Entries must fit into one of the three categories listed above.
- Videos must be 5 minutes in length or shorter.
- Entries must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All entries will be judged based on combination of creativity and quality of content.
- There will be one final winner in each age group.
- Official Contest Rules (PDF)
The winner in each category will receive a private Google Hangout with one of our rhino keepers!