These Badass Women Are Taking on Poachers—and Winning loading...
These Badass Women Are Taking on Poachers—and Winning
The all-female Black Mambas guard South Africa’s most precious wildlife with their lives.
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It's Now Legal to Sell Rhino Horn in South Africa. The World's Top Breeder Makes His Move.
John Hume hopes that holding an auction will help protect the world’s embattled rhinos—and yield a big payoff.
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Triumphant Rhino Transfer Ends in Tragic Conservator Death
Rare black rhinos were recently reintroduced into Rwanda’s iconic national park. Tragically, one has killed a man who was helping protect them.
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How Social Media Saved One of the World’s Last Sumatran Rhinos
The female rhino Puntung was treated for an injury in a daring mission.
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Czech Zoo to Dehorn Rhinos After Paris Poaching Attack
More than a dozen rhinos will lose their horns at a zoo in the Czech Republic in an effort to deter poachers.
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Rhinos Use Poop Piles Like a Social Network
Forget Facebook: Rhinos get their gossip by sniffing faeces at a communal latrine, a new study says.
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Bizarre Horns of the Animal Kingdom
Don't mess with the giant eland of Africa, whose curved horns can reach up to four feet long.
Floods in India Drown Rare One-Horned Rhinos loading...
Floods in India Drown Rare One-Horned Rhinos
As monsoon floods course through Assam, India, rescue response teams try to nurse surviving animals back to health.
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Rare Rhino Dies Days After Her Rediscovery
Endangered Sumatran rhino Najaq succumbed to an infection just days after being caught in Indonesia.
About Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros or rhino species are among the largest land mammals to exist weighing in at least a tonne. There are five extant species, three of which are found in Southern Asia and two in Africa. Rhinos are often classified by their huge mass, leathery armour and keratin horn.

All rhino species are herbivorous; they generally graze on grass or eat leafy bushes and lack front teeth. The Indian and the Javan rhinoceros both only have one horn while the Black, White and Sumatran rhinoceros sport two large horns.

Rhino’s are critically endangered. The white rhino has two subspecies; the Northern and the Southern white rhinoceros. While the Southern white rhino has a wild population over 20,000 the Northern subspecies is almost completely extinct, with only three animals left in captivity.

Rhino’s are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and poaching. In Vietnam the illegal rhinoceros horn trade circulates millions of dollars each year. People use the horn for medicinal purposes even though there is no scientific proof of its benefits. To get the horn from a rhino, the animal must be killed first, leading to the huge decline in the wild population of all species.

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