Big 5 Week – Rhinoceros


The Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Luckily they currently have an increasing population trend.

rhinocloseup_351196.jpgBlack Rhinos can be found in a wide variety of habitats from desert areas to wetter, forested areas. However, they tend to be found in the highest densities in savannahs. Black rhinos are browsers and spend the majority of their time eating vegetation.

Rhinos’ biggest threat comes in the form of poaching (illegal hunting) for the international rhino horn trade. Rhino horn has two main uses:

  1. Traditional use in Chinese medicine
  2. Ornamental use

In recent years there has been an upsurge in black market prices for rhino horn, which has also increased the amount of poaching that is taking place.

black-rhino-200x300.jpgThe Black Rhino is listed on CITES Appendix I and has been since 1977. All commercial trade in Black Rhinos and their predicted have been prohibited and many of the remaining rhino are in fenced in sanctuaries, conservation zones and intensive protection zones. The IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group is the coordinating body for rhino conservation throughout Africa.

You can donate to rhino conservation at Save The Rhino. You can choose to donate as little or as much as you like to help save this struggling species.

You can read my Animal Travels: Kenya post or you can read about more Big 5 with the Lion, African Elephant and African Buffalo posts.


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