• Diana Littlejohns

World Rhino Day

To mark World Rhino Day today I sketched this and my daughter coloured it in whilst learning about their conservation. ‘I’m calling them Ryan and Freya,’ she tells me. 'Ryan the rhino sounds good,' I say. 'I think they’re kissing aren't they,’ she giggles. I explained that all animals show each other love and affection just as we do. It's very sweet.

Did you know that 'rhinoceros' means 'nose horn' and that of the five species of these beautiful herbivores, Javan and Indian rhinos have one horn, whereas the white, black and Sumatran rhinos have two (https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/general-animals/rhinoceros-facts/)? Sadly, there are only 29,000 rhinos left in the wild down from 500,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, which is mainly as a result of illegal hunting and poaching for their horns to be used in Asian medicine (https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/general-animals/rhinoceros-facts/). However, with conservation efforts already in place and the careful monitoring and protection of rhinos, there is hope for their future, so on a day dedicated to them, we celebrate rhinos for all their glory and wonder.