Hi my name is Britt I’m the Hoofstock team leader here at Yorkshire Wildlife Park and I’m here in front of the rhino reserve and behind me you can see both Dayo and Hodari outside enjoying the sunshine now that’s becoming much more of a frequent sight they used to be very very shy when they first got here and now they’re out every day enjoying sunshine all the rain they actually not too bothered by the weather, they come out in most weathers. what they don’t like is a lot of noise, sometimes on busy days they will run back inside usually the afternoons are their preferred time so to come here in the afternoon you are almost guaranteed to see them and that’s also when they venture a little bit further away from their house so they are getting braver these two boys, they’re just two and a half years old each, half-brothers they’re still very young and still getting used to their surroundings Hodari and Dayo behind me, they are Eastern Black Rhinos, they are classed as Critically Endangered with only about 750 left in the wild so it’s very important that we need to to help them out there their main threat in the wild is poaching. They go for rhinos just because of their horns. The horns are just made of keratin which is the same as our fingernails and our hair so really it doesn’t hold any value whatsoever. Unfortunately in Vietnam and also in China it is considered a status symbol and it’s also still used in Chinese traditional medicine so although there’s no effect from it, Rhino horn are still being poached very much for it so over many many years we’ve seen that the Rhino numbers dramatically plummet just because of poaching activity Because of conservation efforts we have managed to stabilize the numbers and even increase in some areas although in recent years that the poaching has been increased again so that’s why we do need to help the wild rhinos to maintain the numbers and hopefully increase the numbers in the future. Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation has awarded two grants to ‘Save the Rhino International’ the first grant is for just over nine thousand pounds it goes to the Ol Jogi Game Reserve in Kenya which is one of the oldest reserves there. It’s a very important place for they’re both the black and the white rhinos for protecting them. The money will go to constructing to Bomas to increase the holding capacity they have in the game reserve now these Bomas or ‘enclosures’ they are used to hold the animals that are either injured and need veterinary treatment or orphaned rhinos that need hand-rearing once they’ve been hand reared or they’ve have a veterinary treatment they can then be released back into the wild The second Grant to be awarded is for five thousand pounds to the Ol Jogi game reserve and that is to increase communication there. They’re currently switching from analog to digital radios and in that respect it will help them keep up with the poachers. If you would like to donate to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation and be part of helping these rhinos and other species in the wild you’ll find the link below and any donations are very much appreciated!