With the rhino horn being more worth than gold, poaching has reached a high peak with more than 1004 Rhinos killed in South Africa by poaches last year.

Increased Rhino horn trafficking including the loss of habitat is pushing these rhinos closer to extinctions. Yet conservationist and game reserves continue the fight to save these subspecies.

Two white rhinos in Namibia
Two white rhinos in Namibia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How can citizens help save South Africans national heritage?

Rhinos, whether black or white, both have horns and are being poached and killed indiscriminately, at a rate of three rhinos per day. It does not take a genius to know that the threat of rhino extinction is very real.

Here are ways you can make a change:

  • Join awareness campaigns.
  • Share information of social media
  • Try and educate people on the impact of buying rhino products on the world.

About the Rhino:

93 percent of rhinos are found in the South Africa alone. The white rhino has wide lips  and the black rhino has a hooked lip with broad jaws, almost like a beak, but both are the same in colour, which is grey.

Rhinos consume vast amounts of grass, they spend half of their lives eating and the most common place where you will find a rhino is around a watering hole because they drink water every day, yet they are able to survive without water for about four to five days without any liquids if water is scarce. Rhinos are more active at night, early morning and late afternoon, they will lie in the shade during the day to avoid the African sun. In extremely hot conditions, they will roll around in mud pools, as this will act as sunscreen and get rid of ectoparasites.

Rhinos are one of the most social species in the wild, often seen in temporary groups of 14 or more rhinos. Younger rhinos can often group together, the same goes for females without calves. The dominant males are often less social than females. Males will often occupy smaller ranges and live solitary.

Male Rhinos are extremely territorial and would often mark their area through urinating on a certain area, spread dung, create piles of dung or us their horns to damage nature such as plants

About extinction and Conservation of the rhino:

Regardless the rhino being the most common rhino in the world and is not yet safe from extinction. This is mainly due to the major threats posed by poaches.

Rhino horn is being used in traditional medicines and for ornamental purposes. Poaching is thought to have drastically increased in the recent years; surprisingly the horn is now selling for more than the price of gold.

When poached rhinos can be killed or left with horrific injuries from having their horns hacked off. Habitat loss is another threating issue.

To protect the last remaining rhinos in Africa against the threat of poaching, the efforts of people in communities and across the world will make a change.  Let’s save one Rhino at a time.