Wildlife and wild places are worth fighting for. The WCS community is made up of wildlife champions like you, fighting to preserve a future for iconic animals and irreplaceable habitats. For over 100 years, WCS has worked to discover and understand the natural world, and to inspire communities to protect endangered species.
This year, WCS's Run for the Wild is inspired by rhinos. With their striking pre-historic appearance, powerful builds, and distinctive horns, these animals are iconic and beloved. They're also endangered.
The rhino's horns, the same majestic feature that makes them an enduring symbol of the wild, have made them a favorite target of poachers in both Africa and Asia. Practitioners of some forms of traditional medicine believe that rhino horns can cure maladies ranging from hangovers to cancer. Scientific analysis has revealed that the horns are made of keratin, the same protein found in human hair and nails, and has no medical benefits. Nevertheless, an average of 2.75 rhinos are shot dead per day to feed the demands of the illegal wildlife trade.
WCS is working with partners in Indonesia, Mozambique, Vietnam and elsewhere to train and support ranger patrols; shut down poachers, smugglers, and traders; and monitor and survey rhino populations to learn where protection is needed most.
Animals around the world are going extinct 10,000 times faster than ever before. Your support will give them a fighting chance.