Celebrating Wildlife with Art and Science on World Rhino Day

Rhino Day 2015

On World Rhino Day, I am delighted to share these photos from Daryl & Sharna Balfour, acclaimed wildlife photographers, authors and photo safari guides. Their work truly captures the beauty of wild animals, enjoying life in the wild.

With demand for rhino horn showing no signs of slowing, we think it is critical today to pause and appreciate these animals as living beings—not simply commodities in the earth’s warehouse for people to exploit until they are gone.

Artists like the Balfours have tremendous power to motivate people to protect wildlife like rhinos, which most people will not have the opportunity to see in the wild.

Join us for a live chat from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT on Sept. 22, with Dr. Goodall and Fast Company.

Scientists too, have given us valuable insights and evidence about how animal experience the world that has profoundly changed many people’s view about our ethical obligation toward animals.  

When Jane Goodall, Ph.D, D.B.E., IFAW Honorary Board member, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, began her studies of chimpanzees, people would have laughed at the thought these animals had individual personalities and relationships with other individuals that had significant import and impact on their lives.

Now, more and more people are coming to understand that individual animals matter, not just as a member of a species that must be conserved, but as an individual sentient being and as a member of a family and community group.

I am delighted to be taking part in a live chat from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, with Dr. Goodall with Fast Company, where we will explore similarities and differences between humans and other animals, and how the choices we make about how to treat animals help shape us as human beings.

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