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Plight of the Rhino at Audubon Greenwich

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The rhinoceros is one of the world's most prehistoric looking animals that roam the face of the earth -- or use to roam. In the last century, rhinos were relentlessly pursued and hunted for their horns and in 2013, more rhinos were hunted and poached than in any other year in the last century.

Audubon Greenwich is hosting Axel Hunnicutt, a Greenwich native that has a Science Honours Degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and has been studying several species of wild animals including research on Rhinos for the Centre for Wildlife Management in South Africa.

Hunnicutt will lead a discussion and special presentation on the current situation of the five remaining species of rhinos in the world. The discussion will also detail reasons for the poaching situation and what is being done to deal with it in addition to ways to preserve this wonderful species. The presentation is taking place at the Audubon Greenwich's http://greenwich.audubon.org, Kiernan Hall located on 613 Riversville Road in Greenwich Connecticut on January 25 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Hunnicutt will report that in the last six years rhino poaching has increased by 5,000% in Africa due to the use of rhino horns in Asian traditional medicine. It is said that rhino horns are now worth more than gold. Many wildlife conservationists call the slaughter of rhinos in Africa the worse conservation crisis of the century.

Many of the rhinos in Asia are on the brink of extinction. Two species of rhinos making up 90% of all rhinos live in Africa and comprise 73% of the rhinos in the world. This makes South Africa a primary hunting ground for the horns of the rhinos and a place where a solution to this must be found in order to preserve the species.

For information about conservation and poaching of rhinos visit http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com, http://www.projectrhinokzn.org, http://www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/rhino_programme.

All ages are welcome at the Plight of the Rhino discussion although there is a suggested $5 donation. Please contact greenwichcenter@audubon.org or leave a voicemail with the number of people at 203-869-5272 x239.

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