A Talk on the Wild Side.
Due to their power, a herd of rhinos is referred to as a “crash”. Rhinos are magnificent creatures: big, primordial and charismatic.
Unfortunately, these qualities also make them popular targets. Rhino body parts, like horns, are in high demand on the global black market. Illegal trade in animal parts is a profitable business, and the demand for these products creates an ongoing temptation for poachers.
White Rhino Nakuru NP, Kenya Credit: Karl Stromayer/USFWS
There are five species of rhino in the wild today: the white rhino, the black rhino, the Sumatran rhino, the Javan rhino, and the Indian rhino. Four of those five species (Black, Sumatran, Javan, and Indian) are listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. While the northern white rhino is listed as Endangered under the ESA, the southern white rhino is not listed. All Rhinos are also protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), of which the United States is a member.
Here are 5 things you may not have known about rhinos and rhino conservation:
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