IRF RESPONSE TO RHINO POACHING AT THOIRY ZOO IN FRANCE

The international rhino poaching crisis has now reached Europe. Conservation groups across the world are saddened to hear of the tragic killing of a young male rhino at the Thoiry Zoo just outside of Paris. “Rhino poaching has historically targeted wild populations,” said Dr. Susie Ellis, Executive Director of the International Rhino Foundation. “This is…

2014 Annual Board of Directors Meeting Recap

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) recently held its annual Board of Directors meeting, which was very generously hosted by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The meeting was attended by 22 board members, advisors and staff, and approximately a dozen partner organization representatives and donors. Overall, five countries and 24 organizations were represented. The evening prior…

Bowling for Rhinos Visits Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

The 2014 Bowling for Rhinos Indonesia tour recently visited Indonesia’s Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, home to one of Sumatra’s three remaining wild rhino populations. During a brief stay, tour members visited a nearby government training facility, where Asian elephants are trained to assist authorities in mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, which is one of the responsibilities…

Update from the Road: 2014 Bowling for Rhinos Trip

Two members of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK), Crystal Butler from the Oklahoma City Zoo and Kenton Kerns of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, were invited to join IRF this month for a special Indonesian rhino tour. Their two institutions were among the top four nationally that raised record funding last year through Bowling for…