Every one of our Run for Wildlife events has a unique animal theme to help raise awareness.
It also provide us with our design ideas for the medal and optional t-shirt (profits go to the foundation).
So say hello to the incredible Black Rhinos...
Black Rhinos are critically endangered species with less than 6,000 left in the wild. 96% population decline occurred between 1970and 1992!
The name Rhinoceros means ‘nose horn’. It comes from the Greek words rhino (nose) and ceros (horn).
Black Rhinoceros have been illegally poached to the brink of extinction due to the demand for their horn, numbers have declined by over 90% over the last three generations.
Black Rhinos can run up to 40 miles per hour! They also have poor eyesight and cannot easily detect an observer standing more than 30 metres away. They do, however, have an excellent sense of smell and hearing.
The gestation period (the time between conception and birth) for a female Black Rhino is a very long 15 to 16 months!
Eastern Black Rhinos are the rarest of the three remaining subspecies. Between 1970 and 1992, their population declined by 96% to 2,300 from a devastating period of poaching for their horns which are used to make ornaments as well as for herbal medicine. Demand for Rhino horn is unfortunately still rising. However, thanks to global conservation and anti-poaching efforts, Black Rhino numbers have steadily risen to around 5,000 individuals. The ever important European Breeding Programme currently holds around 100 individuals in various wildlife parks and zoos.
With your help, the Wildlife Foundation are making the world a better place for animals.
The Wildlife Foundation are based at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster.
While Yorkshire Wildlife Park is caring for the animals at the Park and working on conservation projects at home, Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation is the away team. They work with partners in conservation and welfare around the world, who are doing a great job protecting and saving animals and improving welfare in zoos or in the wild.
The Run for Wildlife events help directly support the Wildlife Foundation, so firstly a huge thank you for your support by simply entering the event :)
If you would like to help even further through your running, then you'll find everything you need here to get started!