The rhino crisis
Rhinos are a critically endangered species. There are less than 30,000 rhinos living in the wild today. At the start of the 20th century, there were over 500,000.
The western black rhino was declared extinct in 2011 and now the northern white rhino seems to be heading towards the same tragic fate. In March 2018, Sudan the last male northern white rhino was put down, highlighting the huge extinction crisis across the globe.
Human activity has caused this dramatic decline in rhino numbers. Initially numbers dropped due to hunting, but today the main threats to rhino are poaching, habitat loss and climate change.
9,300% is the increase in rhino poaching incidents in South Africa over the past 8 years. On average 3 rhinos are poached every day - only 1 in 100 will survive such an attack.
Habitat loss & climate change
Both Asian and African rhinos are constantly under serious threat due to the loss of their forest, grassland and marshland habitat – mainly due to human settlements, logging and expanding agriculture.
Illegal wildlife trade
The recent surge in rhino poaching is to fuel the increasing demand for rhino horn in Vietnam especially, where it's seen as a symbol of status and wealth.