After a very secret ceremony with no photos, we've been dying for any little detail!
[Image via BauerGriffinOnline.]
Everyone knows rhinoceros, or "nature's unicorns," are beautiful, majestic creatures worthy of life on this planet.
Everyone except poachers, at least.
Because of poaching, it's predicted that rhinos will be extinct by 2020. That's only 6 years away.
White and black rhinos are being slaughtered at an alarming rate, with only
Would you pay $350,000 to put your family's life in danger AND murder an endangered species??
Sounds kinda way ridiculous but that's pretty much what's going on for Corey Knowlton.
Knowlton paid $350,000 to the Dallas Safari Club Auction for a super rare permit to hunt an endangered black rhino.
Animal conservationists everywhere are freaking out that this hunting permit even exists.
Knowlton has tried to explain to his critics how letting him buy the permit has sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a cause that will actually SAVE more black rhinos, but also how it's okay to kill one… as long as it's specific.
The Namibian government has apparently picked out specific rhinos that can and SHOULD be killed because they're not only too old to breed but they're also grumpy old men who pose an actual threat to healthy, young rhinos.
This is so ridiculous we don't even know where to start!
The Dallas Safari Club has got their hands on a very rare item:
A permit to hunt and kill an endangered black rhino!!
Why anyone ever is allowed to kill any endangered species is beyond our comprehension.
Here comes the weird part…
Leonardo DiCaprio has money and fame and he uses them to help animals!!
He's kinda way awesome!
His foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, gave a $3,000,000 grant to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The WWF is currently trying to help Nepal double its wild tiger numbers by 2022!
Leo, a WWF board member, said:
We previously mentioned one wildlife group already declared the Western Black Rhino extinct.
Originally, we thought they might have jumped the gun a little, seeing as how the World Wildlife Fund had estimated there were still about 4,000 of the rhinos left.
Well now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the largest conservation network, has declared the subspecies totally extinct.
Dead. Gone. Donezo.
Poached into extinction by heartless poachers. Thanks for that.
The chair man of the IUCN species survival commission said:
Awwww! It's so funny when a big animal like this starts playing!
They remind us more of big doggies than wild African animals or something.
This guy went from leather tank to playful pup and all it took was a little rain!
We could seriously just watch this guy gallop around his enclosure all day.
The rain makes him so happy, like a giddy little kid, dancing around in puddles.
We wish we could join him without getting trampled or mauled to death.
Oh well, guess we'll just settle for watching the video (above) on repeat, check it out!!
Zoo Basel is Switzerland has a brand new baby rhino running around their enclosure!
31-year-old Indian Rhinoceros Ellora gave birth to her male calf Kiran, a cutie baby who was born weighing 150-pounds and standing 2.1-feet-tall!!
The zoo took an inneresting approach to the birth, doing two very unconventional but natural things.
This was the first rhino birth in European that took place in front of an older sibling. Normally, when a rhino gives birth in captivity, the siblings are moved to a different location for the calf's safety.
But Kiran's older sister Henna, though uneasy at first, took an eventual liking to her little brother after being by Ellora's side during the birth.
The other new tactic used was