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The International Rhino Foundation

     The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is a non-profit corporation of institutions and individuals worldwide whose sole purpose is dedicated to the conservation of the five species of rhinoceros: black, white, Sumatran, Javan and Indian.

Rhino Animation     The mission of the International Rhino Foundation is to contribute to rhino conservation by providing technical, administrative and financial services and support for programs which emphasize intensive management and scientific research both in situ (in the wild) and ex situ (in captivity) as equally important components of rhino conservation.

History and Organization

     During the late 1980's, black rhino populations in Zimbabwe were declining at an alarming rate due to intense poaching. In 1989, a group of concerned individuals and institutions founded the International Black Rhino Foundation (IBRF) to assist in the conservation of black rhino in Zimbabwe through both in situ and ex situ efforts. In part due to the support of IBRF, poaching has been virtually eliminated and black rhino populations have stabilized and are now increasing.

Rhino Photo      In 1993, responding to the worldwide crisis for rhinoceros, the IBRF evolved into the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and expanded its mission to encompass all five species of rhino. The International Rhino Foundation is involved in both in situ and ex situ programs which are both critical for the survival of the rhino. The International Rhino Foundation operates a full-time Program Office located at the Wilds, a research and conservation center for endangered wildlife.

     The International Rhino Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who have generously contributed to the Foundation's efforts to support both in situ and ex situ programs for all rhino species. However, if rhino are to be saved, more resources are needed. Your support will go a long way to ensure the survival of rhino for generations to come.

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