Press Release: 11/01/2016

Action for Wildlife Evening Lecture at Oakland Zoo: Helping Rhinos!

Erin Harrison
510-632-9525 ext 135

Oakland, CA …November 4, 2016 – On Thursday, November 3 at 6:30pm, Oakland Zoo welcomes the public to attend an evening event, Helping Rhinos! The evening features guest speaker, Dr. James Danoff-Burg, Founder and Director of the U.S. branch of conservation organization, Helping Rhinos.

Dr. Danoff-Burg was instrumental in crafting the approach that Helping Rhinos takes in conservation issue: working with community-based organizations to ensure that local people benefit from rhino conservation. He is a researcher dedicated to finding science-based conservation and education solutions - and talks about the remedies that work.

“Rhinos face unprecedented challenges to their survival at present. Never has the risk of extinction for these five amazing species been more dire. Thankfully, we also have great partners who are committed to making the world better, and we have decades of experience in creating solutions to problems like this. We will help rhinos, and we will win,” said Dr. James Danoff-Burg

Helping Rhinos supports innovative solutions, such as the first all-female anti-poaching unit in South Africa, the Black Mambas.

This evening is part of the 2016-2017 Conservation Speaker Series and will focus on the state and challenges of rhinos – specifically, why rhino poaching has experienced a recent explosion, what is being done right now to fix the problem, and what we can all do to take action to for the species. Participants will be invited to take action for these rhinos through social media opportunities, and signing a card of gratitude for the Black Mambas.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Danoff-Burg to Oakland Zoo to speak about Rhinos, a species so at risk. We look forward to the hopefulness and inspiration that Helping Rhinos stands for, especially empowering women to be out on the front-lines as strong anti-poaching heroes!,” said Amy Gotliffe, Director of Conservation at Oakland Zoo.

The Conservation Speaker Series will take place in Oakland Zoo’s Zimmer Auditorium, located at the lower entrance of the Zoo. Parking is free and the admission price for the event is $12.00 - $20.00 per person (sliding scale). All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Help Rhinos organization.

For additional information about Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series, please contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director, at

For a full listing of all upcoming lectures in Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Speaker Series, please visit: ttp:// Press Contact: Erin Harrison, Senior Manager, PR & Communications (510) 632-9525 ext. 135 ABOUT RHINOS There are five species of rhino that still survive in the world today. Two of the species come from Africa and three from Asia but all of them have one thing in common – their very existence in our world is under threat, thanks mainly to a massive increase in poaching. All 5 species of rhino have an excellent sense of hearing and smell but very poor sight. Facts common to all species of rhino: • Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same substance that makes up human hair and fingernails • The collective term for a group of rhinos is a ‘crash’ of rhinos • All rhinos are herbivores (meaning they do not eat meat) • All species of rhino can weigh over a ton ABOUT DR. JAMES DANOFF-BURG James is a biodiversity scientist and conservation strategist focused on developing and implementing solutions. With over 20 years of experience across 16 countries, he has led and supported dozens of community-based conservation projects globally. Danoff-Burg emphasizes collaborating with local communities and has also consulted with the governments of the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, United Arab Emirates, and Japan. Danoff-Burg is confident that we can reverse the decline of rhinos by ensuring that we work together to protect these majestic natural treasures.


The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25¢ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018, and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state's remarkable native wildlife. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.