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World Rhino Day - 22/09

September 22, 2015

 

Rhinos once roamed throughout large areas of Eurasia and Africa, they were widespread across Africa's savannas and Asia's tropical forests. Today few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves.

The global Rhino problem

  • Two species of rhino in Asia, the Javan and Sumatran are Critically Endangered.

  • A subspecies of the Javan rhino was declared extinct in Vietnam in 2011.

  • A small population of the Javan rhino survive in the Indonesian island of Java.

  • Conservation efforts have helped the third Asian species, the greater one-horned rhino, increase in number.

  • In Africa, Southern white rhinos, once thought to be extinct, now thrive in protected sanctuaries and are classified as Near Threatened.

  • The Northern white rhino is believed to be extinct in the wild, only a few captive individuals remain in a sanctuary in Kenya.

  • Black rhinos have doubled in number over the past two decades, but total numbers are still a fraction of the estimated 100,000 that existed in the early part of the 20th century.

 

Almost 900 Rhino have been poached in South Africa alone this year. At the current rate predicted extinction will be by the year 2020. 

 

 Source - Save The Rhino

 

 

Poachers have slaughtered roughly 95% of Kenya’s rhino population, as a result there are less than 500 black rhinos left alive in the area. 

 

 

"Although international trade in rhino horn has been banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1977, demand remains high and fuels rhino poaching in both Africa and Asia. Criminal syndicates link the killing fields in countries like South Africa through a whole series of transit points and smuggling channels on to the final destination in Asia. The main market is now in Vietnam where there is a newly emerged belief that rhino horn cures cancer. Rhino horn is also used in other traditional Asian medicine to treat a variety of ailments including fever and various blood disorders. It is also used in some Asian cultures as a cure for hangovers." - WWF 

 

 

 

The fight for the Rhino is now in our hands, we cannot ignore the problem anymore. Humans have driven the trade and now humans are responsible for killing the trade. Once the Rhino have gone we cannot get them back so lets work together to save our wildlife. If you would like to donate, below are a few links. 

 

Donation sites: 

WWF: www.wwf-adopt-a-animal.co.uk/charities/wwf-animal-adoptions/adopt-a-rhino/

Save The Rhino: www.savetherhino.org/support_us/donate/donate_now

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