Perhaps one of Africa's most iconic creatures, the rhino is a must-see on any wildlife enthusiast's checklist. Sadly, however, these magnificent animals are endangered, and this issue is getting increasingly worse. With white rhino populations only numbering 20,000 and black rhino numbers at an all-time low of around 5,000 - the issue is becoming critical.
In 2017, more than 1,000 rhinos were poached from the wild in South Africa alone, and the number continues to increase across Africa. The key reason behind this is the astronomical price of rhino horn. Amazingly, it can reach $100,000 a kilogram on the black market (with a rhino horn weighing in on average between 1-3 kg), rivalling, if not overtaking, the price of gold, platinum and other hugely lucrative industries. This is just one of the many reasons that rhino conservation is more important now than ever before, and with The Great Projects, you can play your part in this.
Rhino conservation projects are, therefore, critical in combating this tragedy, and the rhinos need your help on the front line! You could contribute to rhino conservation in a number of ways - whether it be notching and monitoring, or game capture and care, every little helps!
So, take a look at the projects we have on offer, and we can help you start your rhino conservation journey today!
There are five different species of rhino, each of which are endangered but to different extents. The most endangered is the Javan rhino, and the fact that there are only 58-61 remaining makes it the rarest large mammal on Earth. The Sumatran rhino has marginally more of its species remaining with 100, and the Greater one-horned rhino has a population of around 3,300. Then we come to the two more well-known rhino species. The Black rhino is estimated to have around 5,455 individuals remaining, and the White rhino 21,077. These numbers are a clear indication that something needs to change soon.
Rhinos may look strong and almost invincible, but they are not and they are struggling to survive. Reasons include: