Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
African Savanna - White Rhino Barn (behind the scenes entry located at the crossroads between the penguin and watusi exhibits)
Have you ever wanted to see just how big the 3rd largest land mammal is? Get up close and personal with Tom, Tony, Sabi or Zohari, our White Rhino crash at the Toronto Zoo's 2nd Annual Open House Weekend supported by CARDAN Road Cleaners! For a donation, guests will be invited to visit behind the scenes and meet a few of our white rhinos up close and personal! CARDAN has generously offered to match all donations for the weekend. This is your chance to make a large impact to help save the remaining 5 species of rhinos in the wild!
Keepers and volunteers will be on hand to talk about rhino biology, care and conservation! There will be coloring and craft stations set up as well as a silent auction and additional rhino merchandise available for purchase. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Endangered Species Reserve Fund’s Bowling for Rhinos campaign, which supports Lewa Conservancy, The International Rhino Foundation, and Action for Cheetahs to save the remaining population of rhinos.
Bowling for Rhinos (https://www.aazk.org/bowling-for-rhinos) was established in 1990, as an effort for zookeepers around the world to band together and fundraise for rhino conservation. Rhinos are being poached at a rate of about three to four rhinos per day. In the first half of this year, over 450 rhinos have already been poached in Africa alone! At this current rate, without extreme intervention, all rhino species will become extinct within 10 - 15 years. However, ENDANGERED MEANS WE STILL HAVE TIME!
NOTE: This is event is fully accessible/ rain or shine. Entrance to the white rhino barn behind the scenes is located at the crossroads between the penguin and watusi exhibits. There is a no photo policy in affect during the behind the scenes tour.