Rhino Conservation

Perhaps one of Africa's most iconic creatures, the rhino (both of the black and white variety) is a must on any wildlife watchers tick list. Sadly however, these magnificent animals are becoming increasingly endangered. 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.

Last year a record 1,004 rhinos were illegally poached in South Africa. Sadly, another 821 have been killed this year, and the number is still looking to drastically increase, thus highlighting the need for rhino conservation across Africa, especially with regards to black rhino conservation.

This explosion in poaching is only relatively recent – only 13 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2007. The key reason behind this is the astronomical price of rhino horn. Amazingly, it can reach $100,000 a kilogram on the black market, rivalling, if not overtaking, the price of cocaine, gold and even platinum!

Rhino projects are therefore, critical in combating this and as a wildlife conservation volunteer you will be assisting on the front line. So why not volunteer with rhinos today to make a difference.

rhinos at a glance

Endangered/ Critically Endangered
Around 29,000
Asia and Africa

How endangered are rhinos

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.

Threats rhinos are facing

Rhinos may look strong and almost invincible, but they are not and they are struggling to survive. Reasons include:

  • As mentioned above, since 2007 the number of rhinos being poached for their horn is increasing dramatically, and with over 1000 rhinos being killed each year this is a huge percentage of the population being wiped out.
  • Habitat Loss – A lot of the land that the rhino lives in has been cleared for human settlement and logging, and this is further limiting the already small land mass the animal have to live on.
Fast Facts
  • The black rhinoceros is in fact grey in colour. They often assume the colour of the local soil in which they wallow.
  • The oxpecker bird is a welcome passenger to the rhino as it picks parasitic ticks out of the rhino’s skin. The birds provide another valuable warning service to the rhino as it is known to screech loudly when humans approach.
  • Some rhinos have been de-horned to make them worthless to poachers!

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The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

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