Let’s Keep the Rhinos Horny
Where to see them
The African rhino is divided into two species, the black rhino and the white rhino. White rhinos mainly live in South Africa, but they have also been reintroduced to Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Southern white rhinos have been introduced to Kenya, Zambia, and Cote d’Ivoire. The majority of the black rhino population—98%—is concentrated in four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. South Africa houses 40% of the total black rhino population. There are some black rhinos in the region spread between Cameroon and Kenya.
A group of rhinos is called a “crash”. Our planet is home to five species of rhinoceros - the black rhino and white rhino, which live in Africa and the Sumatran, Javan and Indian (or greater one-horned) rhinos, which inhabit the tropical forests and swamps of Asia. Rhinos are known for their awesome, giant horns that grow from their snouts - hence the name “rhinoceros”, meaning “nose horn”. Javan and Indian rhinos have one horn, where as the white, black and Sumatran rhinos have two. These massive animals don’t prey on other animals for food, they’re herbivores, munching on lots of grass and plants at night, dawn and dusk.
How to help
Rhinos are being pushed to the brink of extinction due to the demand in Asia for Rhino Horn. Rhino horn is simply made of keratin, the same as our fingernails. It will take a mix of many important factors to protect and save rhinos, from having well trained rangers to habitat protection, to ensuring communities that live near rhinos feel the benefits of conservation.