Albuquerque zoo to celebrate ‘World Rhino Day’ with special event


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s zoo is celebrating “World Rhino Day” on September 22nd.

The zoo will hold an event where everyone can learn more about Chopper and Bertha, their two white rhinos. Three of the five rhino species are on the brink of extinction.

The zoo wants to raise awareness and get people involved in saving the world’s second largest land mammal.

“There’s a lot of poaching going on for their horns,” said Jo Pelhan, Zoo Education Specialist. “The white rhino had a really comeback in their numbers, but has recently had a severe blow to their numbers due to poaching.”

If you’re looking for a fun way to help, zookeepers are holding a “Bowling for Rhinos” fundraiser in early October.

“World Rhino Day” runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 22 at the ABQ BioPark’s rhino habitat. The event will feature special enrichment, discovery stations, and keeper talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and is included with regular admission to the zoo.

“Bowling for Rhinos” will take place on October 2, at Silva Lanes in Albuquerque from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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