Every year Parco Natura Viva celebrates the World Rhino Day on the 22nd of September.
Parco Natura Viva supports the work carried out by the Save The Rhino International, that is dedicated to the protection of rhinos carrying out educational and support activities for local communities and supporting the work of rangers. In particular, Parco Natura Viva decided to support the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is known as the birthplace of the white rhino as it is the location where the Southern white rhino was brought back from the brink of extinction in the 1950s. The contribution of Parco Natura Viva has given the chance to purchase camping kits for rangers that are dedicated to tackle the threat of poaching.
During the 10th edition of the National Congress on Research in Parks organised by Parco Natura Viva itself between the 4th and the 7th of October 2019, a fundraising volleyball match was organised entirely dedicated to the supported in-situ conservation projects. Four teams participated, each representing an animal species linked to a conservation project. The match “On the field for conservation” proclaimed the Rhino team the winner, and donated the money raised to the Save the Rhino International.
In June, the Ambassador of South Africa visited the park in honour of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Parco Natura Viva. This visit gave the opportunity for discussion and dissemination of the conservation and protection activities of rhinos in South Africa, issue that is extremely important for the Ambassador.
Parco Natura Viva financed the design and realisation of a fiberglass reproduction of an adult white rhino. Behind its realisation there was an extremely accurate study of rhinos’ physiognomy, in order to make the model as much realistic as possible. Leo, so it was called, 3,6 metres long and 1,86 metres tall with a 75 cm horn, in collaboration with the Italian Associations of African Animals’ Experts AIEA is exposed in exhibitions, conferences and events for the purpose of disseminating and promoting the Rhino Project.
ARCA Foundation, as an emanation of Parco Natura Viva, contributed to the antipoaching activities in the African reserve called Ongava, in collaboration with AIEA and PPA (Poaching Prevention Academy).