Why should we save the rhinos?
Rhinos have been around for millions of years and play a crucial role in their ecosystem. By helping protect rhinos, we’re helping to conserve their habitat for the benefit of people and wildlife, helping support local communities and making sure natural resources are available for generations to come.
What can we do to save the rhino?
Improve local and international law enforcement to stop the flow of rhino horn and other illegal wildlife trade items from Africa to other regions of the world. Promote well managed wildlife-based tourism experiences that will also provide additional funding for conservation efforts.
What will happen if rhinos go extinct?
Without rhinos helping to sustain plant biodiversity and grazing lawns, the African savannas will become less hospitable to other herbivore species. One species that would be impacted is the critically endangered dama gazelle, which is estimated to have a population of just 500.
Why are rhinos hunted?
Rhinos are hunted and killed for their horns. The major demand for rhino horn is in Asia, where it is used in ornamental carvings and traditional medicine. Rhino horn is touted as a cure for hangovers, cancer, and impotence. Truly, rhino horn is as effective at curing cancer as chewing on your fingernails.
Do we need rhinos?
They play an important role in their habitats and in countries like Namibia, rhinos are an important source of income from ecotourism. The protection of black rhinos creates large blocks of land for conservation purposes. This benefits many other species, including elephants.
How many rhinos are killed each day?
Around 3 rhinos are killed each day for their horn. Poaching has increased exponentially in South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe since 2007.