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Travelling Rhino Project


 The five travelling rhinos. Zindzi is second from the right

Hello Y5! In Y5 we will be taking part in the ‘Travelling Rhino’ project. You can read about the project on this link and also follow links on the left side bar – of the link –  to read about other schools and what they were doing. Zindzi is the name of the rhino that will be visiting our school in early September for three weeks! How exciting. Your homework is on the homework page already – to research rhino-facts and to present it in any way – be creative as you can! I would also love to have a welcome-letter to Zindzi.

On THIS LINK you can read about a school in New Zealand, they had Lesedi. They are in the news! See their photo on the link as well. – or you can read the article here:

Rhino project against poaching

Sat, 13 Jul 2013

St Clair School room nine student Eliza Stevenson (9) holds travelling rhino, Lesedi, while other students display their rhino artwork and booklets. Photo by Craig Baxter.

Critically endangered rhinoceros species have received a helping hand from room nine children at St Clair school in Dunedin.In a bid to raise awareness and inspire her class to learn about poaching, school teacher Claire Buist appealed for a visit from travelling rhinoceros Lesedi.

Lesedi is one of five small stuffed toy rhinos which have been travelling around the world from South Africa, visiting schools as part of the ‘Save our rhinos’ project.

The project, founded by Karen Stadler in Cape Town, aimed to educate and raise awareness about poaching of the five remaining rhino species in the world, all of which are endangered. Mrs Buist, who heard about the scheme online, was amazed by the enthusiasm and learning that had come from hosting Lesedi.

”It’s been a really meaningful project and the kids have become really interested in local issues because of it.”

Over the past month, Lesedi had been joining in with classroom activities and this had resulted in booklets, posters and fact pages about rhinos and poaching.

Students in room nine had also been in contact with the World Wildlife Fund and the Department of Conservation, and had investigated poaching in general and in New Zealand.

Mrs Buist said the most rewarding experience from hosting Lesedi was the children’s enthusiasm and involvement, which included 10-year-old Ryan Blackie writing a letter to the editor of the Otago Daily Times about poaching.

Lesedi would leave St Clair Primary School next week and head to Adelaide to continue her adventure.

– Holly Ryan.

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