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How Rhinos are being Protected from Poachers

Endangered White Rhinos Photo Credit: By Ikiwaner - Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8132599
Endangered White Rhinos Photo Credit: By Ikiwaner – Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8132599

Rhinos are endangered due to poaching, habitat loss, reduced genetic diversity, natural disasters and disease. Several species of rhinos exist, including the Sumatran rhino, the black rhino, the white rhino, the Javan rhino and the greater one-horned rhino.”

Who would have ever thought we would have to protect wildlife from humans?

Poachers are driving rhinos to extinction for the monetary value of their horns. The majority of rhinos only exist in captivity and even there – they are not safe from poachers.  Black rhinos once estimated at over 100,000 in the early part of the 20th century have been slaughtered down to about 4,800.

Varying subspecies are classified as either Near Threatened, Endangered or Extinct.

There are 5 species of Rhinos: white, black, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan

There are conservation efforts to help save Rhinos of extinction including: trade regulation, protected areas and armed guards, dehorning, and captive breeding.

Here are some fun facts about Rhinos: http://www.defenders.org/rhinoceros/basic-facts

Rhinoceros by Guy Standen http://www.defenders.org/rhinoceros/basic-facts
Rhinoceros by Guy Standen http://www.defenders.org/rhinoceros/basic-facts

A Rhino in Atlanta, GA Zoo is relocating to a zoo in Arkansas in hopes of mating and helping to increase the number of rhinos in existence.   An adorable baby black rhino that was recently born in a zoo in Pennsylvania.

“The Stratford youngster raised the money from two cake sales and also present a video to fellow pupils on the plight of the rhino.”

Lastly, this article about China’s attitude towards endangered species encourages me that by working together we can really make a difference throughout our eco system. I pray that America will wake up and also get on board.

 

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