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International Rhino Foundation Meeting at the Columbus Zoo

Media Alert: Monday, October 17, 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2011

CONTACT:                                                
Patty Peters
Vice President Community Relations

WHAT:             International Rhino Foundation annual meeting hosted by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Participants represent the global effort to save endangered rhinoceros and include animal care experts from zoos and conservation centers from around the world, as well as individuals who fight to preserve and protect rhinos in the wilds of Africa and Asia. 
 
WHEN:             Oct. 18, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 19, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
WHERE:           Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
 
WHY:                The Columbus Zoo is a long-time supporter of the International Rhino Foundation and also provides grants to the individual projects through its Conservation Fund. Annually the Columbus Zoo’s Conservation Fund provides $1 million of privately raised revenue in support for more than 70 field projects and conservation organizations in 30 countries.
 
Details about the International Rhino Foundation are available at www.rhinos-irf.org.
           
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