Rhino 2017-06-11T01:40:47+00:00

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

20,000 REMAIN

RISK OF EXTINCTION

THE PLIGHT OF THE RHINO

95% population decline in the past 40 years

RHINOS ILLEGALLY SLAUGHTERED IN SOUTH AFRICA

2017 – 400 (mid May)

2016 – 1,054

2015 – 1,175

2014 – 1,215

2013 – 1,004

2012 – 668

2011 – 448

2010 – 333

2009 – 122

ICONIC MEGAFAUNAS, RHINOS HAVE ROAMED THE PLANET FOR 50 MILLION YEARS.

An ancient species of evolution, rhinos rank amongst the most endangered species on earth. Identified as an umbrella species, rhinos protect other species by maintaining diverse grasslands, reducing fire hazards, and fertilizing the soil. Rhinos have an instrumental global impact shaping the planet’s ecosystem. They serve as carbon sinks for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, essentially a cause of global warming.

A $20 billion industry, the illegal trade of rhino horn is declared more valuable than gold, diamonds, and cocaine fetching a price tag of US$60,000 a pound.

A large rhino horn is valued up to $500,000. Despite the exorbitantly price, persistent myths claim it cures a variety of ailments. Ingesting rhino horn has the same restorative property as chewing your finger nails. A rhino horn is a keratin structure and has no scientific medicinal value to effectively cure any malady.

THE EXTINCTION OF THE RHINO

WHITE RHINO
20,000

BLACK RHINO
5,000

ONE-HORNED RHINO
3,000

SUMATARAN RHINO
100

JAVAN RHINO
60

WHY ARE THEY KILLED?

Valued for their horn, the biggest threat to rhinos is poaching. The horn is ground up and used in traditional Asian medicine and folk remedies for a range of ailments from hangovers, impotence, fevers, to cancer cures. The horn is made up of the same material that comprises human hair and nails and has no scientific curing maladies. The Asian markets put such trust in these remedies that all scientific studies have been ignored.

An endangered species is supremely desired by hunters who yearn to add the rarest of animals to their trophy collection. The winner of the trophy hunting auction pays up to $350,000 for the right to kill an endangered species.

HOW ARE THEY POACHED?

Rhinos are darted, poisoned, trapped with snares, or taken down with high-powered rifles. While the animal is sometimes still alive, the horns are gouged from their face with hatchets or chainsaws. Rhinos die an agonizing, slow death from hemorrhage often while their young watch nearby.

LEADING BUYER OF RHINO HORN

Asia (Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea)

SPECIES THREATS

Illegal Wildlife Trade, Trophy Hunting, Deforestation, Habitat Loss

RHINO DECIMATION
1940’s 500,000 – 2010’s 20,000