Despite the best efforts of the endangered species designation and the efforts of conservation organizations like Rhino 911, some animals still face a rocky road back to stable population numbers. Of all the various endangered species out there today, rhinos are among the most threatened due to the greed of mankind.
The demand for rhino horns have driven up the cost to as much as $100,000 per kilogram. Plenty of poachers are willing to slaughter these animals for profit and quickly make themselves rich. It’s an epidemic, and according to the World Wildlife Fund more than 1,050 rhinos were killed in 2016 in South Africa alone.
But just how many rhinos are left in the world? It’s a number that depends largely upon the type of rhino species you’re talking about. However, overall, there are just about 30,000 rhinos left in the wild in the entire world. In fact, the most recent population numbers may surprise you:
- Black Rhino: Between 5,040 and 5,458
- White Rhino: Between 19,666 and 21,085
- Greater One-Horned Rhino: About 3,500
- Sumatran Rhino: 100
- Javan Rhino: 61 to 63
Those are incredibly alarming numbers, especially when you consider that the number of rhinos killed in 2016 was roughly the same number of those born.
Because of this, it’s vital that conservation efforts be ramped up to protect the rhino from the damage that mankind is bringing to it. In fact, that’s the main reason that the number of white rhinos is so high. In the early 1900s, there were between 50 and 100 of them left in the wild. Conservation efforts are what helped them reach their current numbers.
And help is needed now more than ever. Consider donating to Rhino 911 today and protect the rhinos.