Rhinos are known for being gigantic – the largest rhinos weigh up to 5,000 pounds. They have an herbivorous diet, thick protective skin, and a horn made of keratin (the same material found in hair and fingernails).
However, relentless poaching and rapid loss of habitat means that all five rhino species are threatened with extinction. The high price paid for rhino horn on the black market has attracted international criminal gangs, and rhinos die a horrific death. Instability and war in the regions where the black rhino resides makes conservation efforts even more difficult.
Fun fact: A rhino’s horn actually a compacted mass of hairs
International Rhino Foundation:
The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) is dedicated to the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. Their programs include the Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Program, the Sumatran Rhino Conservation Program, the Javan Rhino Conservation Program, Indian Rhino Vision 2020, and the Southern Africa Rhino Conservation Program. At the heart of our vision is the belief that these magnificent species should endure for future generations.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy:
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy works as a model and catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. It does this through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programs, and educating communities in the value of wildlife.
Save the Rhino International:
Save the Rhino International’s vision is for all five rhino species to thrive in the wild for future generations. They collaborate with partners to support rhinos in Africa and Asia. Save the Rhino International’s Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries (APLRS) Emergency Fund Initiative enables member conservancies to respond to poaching threats or emergencies for rhinos. The Emergency Fund covers 50% of the cost of an emergency response for black rhino in an APLRS member conservancy..