I’ve loved Rhinos ever since I was a kid. They seem so ancient-looking with their colossal size, tough skin and magnificent horns. Also, Beast Wars was a thing for me (and Rhinox was pretty awesome). They are such powerhouse animals that, if it weren’t for us, they wouldn’t have any real predators. This fact alone makes it incredibly sad that recent human activity (and human activity alone) has been affecting the Rhino populations around the world at an alarming rate in just the last few years.
In the last 10 years alone, there has been a dramatic increase of Rhino poaching resulting in 2 Rhino subspecies having become extinct (Black Rhino in 2011 and the Javan Rhino in 2010). This is absolutely disgusting. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were almost 500,000 Rhinos. Now there are only 29,000 in the whole world. Before 1977, there weren’t any sort of regulations on killing these animals. Now, almost 45 years after CITES banned selling Rhino parts globally, the bloodshed has been increasing.
It’s not easy information to digest, but it’s important to be aware of our animal populations – what happens when we have no more Rhinos in the world? What repercussions will arise from this? If you would like to support the Rhinos please go to this site http://www.stoprhinopoaching.org/ and make your voice be heard.