Today is World Rhino Day 22/09/14, so we are taking this opportunity to educate you on the dire state of the rhino population.
There are five rhino species presently. The Javan rhino (Critically Endangered), Sumatran rhino (Critically Endangered), Greater One-horned rhino (Vulnerable), Black rhino (Critically Endangered) and the White rhino (Near Threatened). Two of the five species are found in Africa while the remaining three are found in Asia.
Each day, on average, three African rhinos are killed for their horns which are made of keratin not bone. Commonly today, the horns are used because of their beautiful translucent colour when carved as a status symbol ie. to display someone's wealth and success. Also, the horns supposedly have healing properties according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia. This has fallen to 29,000 in the wild today.
Visit www.rhinos.org for more information and to help make a difference.