This year National Parks headed up stakeholders involved in Rhino conservation for another parade through the center of town in Harare ending up in Africa Unity Square where a morning of music and fun all oriented around rhino was held.
Children from Muvava Primary School near Chishakwe in the South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe wore the special rhino hats they made for the occasion. For many of the children the trip to Harare was the first time they had gone on a bus so the city sights were really exciting for them!
Music at Africa Unity Square provided by the Police Band, Sulimani and his band and the Combined Grade 3 Hellenic choir.
This year sport was added to art and classroom education as another way to create awareness: In the afternoon Save Valley Conservancy worked with Mid West Rhinos ( a local cricket team) and a team of sporting experts including the Black Rhino Soccer team (whose bus was also on parade) to organise Rhinos at Play. The course consisted of 6 modules; cricket, tag rugby, soccer, tennis, hockey and a rhino education/quiz. The children spent about 30 minutes at each module with the emphasis being on fun. It was the first time that a lot of the children had been exposed to some of the sports and there was much hilarity ... and it was amazing how fast they picked up the concepts!
|The Crew from Muvava Primary School get ready to get active.|
|Soccer with Black Rhinos Soccer Team representatives|
|On the court for a spot of tennis.|
|Muvava children acing the Rhino Quiz Module|
|Some fun with the rhino limmerick|
|Tag rugby proved really popular|
|Learning the basics of how to handle a hockey stick|
|A lift in the smart Black Rhinos tour bus|