The rhino is critically endangered

Only 20,000 remain

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Rhino

Iconic Megafauna, 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.

White Rhino

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Black Rhino

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One-horned Rhino

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Sumatran Rhino

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Javan Rhino

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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 kilogram.

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.

Gone down by 95% in the past 40 years.
95%

RHINOS ILLEGALLY SLAUGHTERED IN SOUTH AFRICA

In 2017, 1,028 were killed

In 2016, 1,054 were killed

In 2015, 1,175 were killed

In 2014, 1,215 were killed

In 2013, 1,004 were killed

In 2012, 668 were killed

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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 Buyers 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

Species Decline   Rhino  / Lion  / Elephant  / Tiger  / Cheetah  / Giraffe  / Leopard  / Grevy’s Zebra  / Gorilla

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