Hundreds of bikers are gathering Sunday morning in Westerville for one of the world’s largest motorcycle rides benefitting protected species.
The Ride for the Rhinos raises money for rhinoceros conservation efforts at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. What started off as just 300 bikers three years ago has led to more than 1,000 bikers coming out to show their support.
“It grows every year,” Wesley Arnott said. “We’ve had awesome weather. We’ve been lucky three years in a row.”
Arnett has been participating in the ride since Day 1.
The Wilds is the largest wildlife conservation center in North America with more than 9,000 acres of land. Just earlier this year, the park celebrated the birth of three white rhino calves.
“It’s a beautiful park,” Arnett said. “It’s really unique that we have that in our state.”
Arnett said the ride not only helps the rhinos and The Wilds, but it also helps the bikers.
“I think this is a really good event to help boost the image of bikers because we might get bad images, and we’re out here just like everybody else to support the good cause and enjoy the ride.”
So far, the ride has raised more than $20,000 for The Wilds.