Endangered Black Rhino


I am the Black Rhino, or as scientists call me, Diceros Bicornis. I’m native to the Southern grasslands of Africa and can live up to 50 years. As an herbivore, I enjoy eating grass, twigs, leaves, branches, fruits, and roots. Unfortunately, us Black Rhinos are now critically endangered. In 1970, there were approximately 65,000 black rhinos in sub-Saharan Africa; now, there are only about 2,000 spread throughout South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, and Tanzania. The main reason for my species’ decimation is poaching. Our horns are revered for their medicinal uses in Asia, as they were believed to cure illnesses including hangovers, fevers, and even cancer. Rhino horns are also valued as symbols of wealth in North Africa and the Middle East. The value of rhino horns has made rhino poaching into an immensely lucrative trade. Even organized criminal networks have become involved, further driving up the number of black rhinos killed. Efforts of Black Rhino conservation programs are encouraging, but much work remains. To learn more about me and other endangered animals visit wildanimalconservation.wordpress.com