Endanzoo would like to take the World Rhino Day as an opportunity to spread the words about the serious threats of extinction that Rhinoceros and other species on this planet are facing. For millions of years, the ancestors of Rhinoceros have survived the ice ages and the predators. Yet today the Rhinos could not survive the humans, whom fed by their greed, hunted them for their highly demanded horns. The horns are sold illegally in the black markets in some parts of Asia and are used for making medicines that are not scientifically proven to cure diseases.
The population of Rhinos has been on an alarming decline with poaching as the main cause. According to WWF, in 2016 alone, 1054 rhinos were reported killed in South Africa. Western Black Rhino has already been declared extinct in 2011. Out of the five Rhino species that exist today, Black Rhino, Sumatran Rhino and Javan Rhino are considered “critically endangered” whereas the White Rhino is “Near threatened” and Greater One-Horned Rhino is “Vulnerable”.
As an animal lover and a father, I would love to see my children grow up in a beautiful world where all kind of species still exist and living in harmony. I hope all of you would come together and support various organizations around the world such as Save The Rhino that fight poaching on every front.
I wish you all a Happy World Rhino Day! Together, let’s make this planet a better place to live. Thank you!
- Francis (Co-founder of Endanzoo)