Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Admission: $11 Adults, $6 Child
Out of Africa: Journey to Save Rhinos
In conjunction with Blank Park Zoo’s two new black rhinos and the grand opening of the new exhibit Jaama Kwa – Connection to Africa May 4, we hope you’ll join us for the third and final event in our conservation series Out of Africa: Our journey to save Rhino. Next Thursday, April 25, we invite you to join us as we honor the rhino, presented by Bill Konstant.
Bill Konstant is the Program Officer for the International Rhino Foundation and has held positions with the World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Preservation Trust International and Conservation International, and has helped establish endangered species conservation programs at the Philadelphia Zoo and Houston Zoo.
Bill Konstant of the International Rhino Foundation
According to the International Rhino Foundation, fifty years ago, as many as 100,000 black rhinos roamed the African plains. Today only about 5,000 survive! In fact, one rhino is lost every 13.4 hours due to poaching – the rhinos’ horns are taken as part of an international black market trade.
The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is dedicated to protecting all five of the world’s threatened rhino species – Black, White, Indian, Sumatran and Javan – from extinction. And Blank Park Zoo helps financially support their efforts.
Bill Konstant’s career in wildlife conservation began with his studies at Cornell University. His interest in primates brought him to the World Wildlife Fund in the early 1980s, and subsequently to the Wildlife Preservation Trusts and Conservation International. He has co-authored and edited a number of field guides, and has written many book chapters, scientific publications and popular articles on wildlife conservation. In 2012, he became the program officer for the International Rhino Foundation and now works to develop and fund rhino conservation projects in Africa and Asia.
Please join us next Thursday night, April 25 at 6 pm, to hear how Bill and his team work to protect the endangered black rhino from poaching and how you can help.
We’ll have a social with appetizers from 6 to 7 pm with the presentation beginning at 7 pm.
Purchase your tickets today – seating is limited! Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members.