||10% OF THE DOOR & 10% OF THE BAR GO STRAIGHT TO ANIMAL CHARITIES
The Viktor Wynd & Suzette Field Charitable Foundation are delighted to be working with Save the Rhino and would like to dedicate this party to their important work in the conservation of rhinos by giving them 10% of the ticket revenue.
At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos; in 1970 there were 70,000; today, there are fewer than 29,000 rhinos surviving in the wild. Between 1970 and 1992, large-scale poaching caused a dramatic 96% collapse in numbers of the Critically Endangered black rhino. 95% of all the rhinos in the world have now been killed. Over the past few decades, drastic decline in population numbers has been fuelled by the illegal rhino horn trade, habitat loss and political conflict. Poaching of rhino horn for the production of traditional Chinese medicine is the greatest threat facing rhino today.
Three of the five species of rhinos are critically endangered. The main threats to rhinos are poaching, where the horns are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine; and habitat loss through human settlement, agriculture and logging. The demand from China and Vietnam for rhino horns in recent years has increased dramatically and along with this the poaching has escalated. For example, in South Africa, 13 rhinos were poaching in 2007 compared with 443 rhinos poached in 2011. Two subspecies of rhinos were declared extinct in 2011 – the Vietnamese Javan rhino and the Western Black rhino. So it is critical that we act now to conserve the remaining populations.
Sumatran rhinos are the hairiest rhino, most closely related to the ancient woolly rhino. They are the smallest of the five species of rhinos and live in dense tropical forests of Southeast Asia, spending much of their time wallowing in deep mud holes. They are surprisingly vocal and communicate with many different sounds, mostly whistling or whining noises. Currently only about 200 Sumatran rhinos survive in small populations in Sumatra and in Sabah (Malaysia, in northern Borneo).
Save the Rhino works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia. They recognise that the future of wildlife is inextricably linked to the communities that share its habitat. By funding field projects and through education, their goal is to deliver material, long-lasting and widespread benefits to rhinos and other endangered species, ecosystems and to the people living in these areas.
Save the Rhino works closely with the International Rhino Foundation to fund the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Parks. They help raise money to cover the core costs of the Sanctuary, including staff salaries, vehicle running costs, veterinary supplies and non-browse nutritional supplements. The SRS was developed to accommodate the few remaining rhinos living in isolation in zoos and to increase breeding opportunities to eventually reintroduce them into the wild. Save the Rhino also works to protect wild populations of Sumatran rhinos through the Rhino Protection Unit Programme in Indonesia. They focus on helping to cover the core costs of the programme in three National Parks, who patrol the protected areas and prosecute illegal activity.
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Save the Rhino International - Registered Charity Number: 1035072