Far too few.
In honor of #worldrhinoday I offer up a trio of Southern White Rhino images.
The Wilds’ southern white rhinoceros herd grew by two last fall with the births of two male calves, one born on Nov. 16 and the second arriving on Nov. 19. The calves are the 8th and 9th fourth-generation white rhinos to be born at The Wilds – the only facility that has had fourth and fifth generation births of the species outside of Africa.
The white rhino population had dwindled to perhaps only 50-200 individuals at the beginning of the 20th century, but through conservation efforts, the population of white rhinos in their native African range has rebounded to about 20,400 animals. However, even with the increase in numbers, the species remains classified as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All five remaining rhino species in Africa and Asia (white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, greater one-horned rhinoceros, Javan rhinoceros, and Sumatran rhinoceros) are persecuted by poachers who sell rhino horn for ornamental or traditional medicinal purposes even though there are no scientifically proven health benefits for its use. The horns are made of keratin—the same substance that makes up fingernails and hair. The International Rhino Foundation, which receives support from The Wilds, estimates that one rhino is killed every eight hours for its horn.
Save the rhinos. #spottherhino