By Holly Ryan
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. More....