There were one a lot of Rhinos throughout Africa and Asia with a population of 500 000 in the early twentieth century. But unfortunately, despite intensive conservation efforts, poaching of this beatifull species is dramatically increasing, pushing the surviving rhinos closer and closer towards extinction. The Western black rhino was declared extinct by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 2011, with the primary cause identified as poaching. In fact, all five remaining rhinos species are listed on the IUCN Redlist of threatened species, with three out of five species classified as critically endangered (savetherhino.org).
South Africa which has by far the largest population of rhinos in the world and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation. However rhino poaching has reached a crisis point, and if the killing continues at this rate, we could see rhino deaths overtaking births in 2016-2018, meaning rhinos could go extinct in the very near future. Figures compiled by the South African Department of Environmental affairs show the dramatic escalation in poaching over recent years. (savetherhino.org)
Today was the celebration of World Rhino Day #WorldRhinoDay. Please support one of the many events and charities, even though the fundraising event is over, you can still contribute and hopefully help save the species.
South Africa’s support for saving the rhino in to today’s events:
- iSimangaliso My Rhino
- Underberg, South Africa hosted the inaugural Challenge of RHINO
- Join the World Rhino Day Fun Challenge! Image via The Dodo
- Chameleon Books – Rescuing Rhino book
- Metlife Mall and Amathole Museum
- Project Rhino KZN