Rhinos2018-03-21T09:40:11+00:00

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all evil in this world.”

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RHINOS

THE PROTECTORS

EVERY 7 HOURS A RHINO IS SLAUGHTERED FOR THEIR HORN

Rhinos have survived predators, climate change, and disease for fifty million years. Asia’s soaring demand for rhino horn will loom rhinos to extinction. Declared more valuable than gold, diamonds, and cocaine, the illicit rhino-horn trade is rooted in folklore Asian medicine.

The poaching crisis in South Africa is much larger than the species being slaughtered for their sought-after horn. The killing of these prehistoric animals is one symptom of a much larger disease … filled with greed, corruption, and organized crime that permeates every level in the chain of command. From the rangers on the front lines to the Asian black markets, the poacher’s pipeline illustrates just how deep this war runs.

THE INSATIABLE DESIRE FOR THEIR HORN HAS FUELED A CRISIS HURTLING RHINOS TOWARDS EXTINCTION

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DEMAND FOR A CURE

bankrolling the rhinos loom to extinction funded by corruption

BLACK MARKET PRICE FOR RHINO HORN

$100,000 KILO

China and Vietnam are home to some of the world’s most corrupt criminals. It has become challenging to effectively combat wildlife crime, and where the ego of the wealthy is driven by the thrill of consuming products from animals on the brink of extinction.

A network of African gangs, international criminals, and corrupt government officials are profiting from the illegal black market trade. Rhino horn is more valuable than gold, diamonds, and cocaine. The black market value of one kilogram is said to be $100,000 fetching a price tag of $350,000 a horn.

The alleged cure from ingesting rhino horn are not ancient beliefs, they are modern myths intentionally created and propagated by gangsters as a marketing ploy to sell rhino horn to the wealthy in Asia.

A prehistoric species who have survived millions of years, but will not survive mankind

THE LAST RHINOS STANDING

A Global impact in shaping the Planet’s Ecosystem

Rhinoceroses are robust, iconic herbivorous identified by their renowned horned snouts. The word “rhinoceros” comes from the Greek “rhino” (nose) and “ceros” (horn). There are five species and 11 subspecies of rhinos. Black rhinos, white rhinos, and Sumatran rhinos have two horns. Javan rhinos and greater one-horned rhinos have one horn.

Rhinos spend their days and nights grazing and only sleep during the hottest part of the day. When they aren’t grazing on grass or eating the foliage of trees or bushes, they can be found relishing a cooling mud soak. The mud baths help protect the animals from insects, and the mud acts as a natural sunblock.

Although solitary mammals, they occasionally form groups called crashes. Crashes are made up of females and their offspring. A dominant male may rule over a large territory of land. Females roam freely around several different territories.

Rhinos are an umbrella species, protecting other animals by maintaining diverse grasslands, reducing fire hazards, and fertilizing the soil. They serve as carbon sinks for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, essentially a cause of global warming.

RHINO HORN MYTH

ingesting rhino horn has the same restorative
properties as chewing your fingernails

Powdered rhino horn is commonly used in traditional Asian medicine and folk remedies for a range of wrongly believed ailments from impotence to hangovers to detoxifying qualities. The horn is made up of the same material that comprises human hair and nails and has no scientific curing maladies.

HABITAT LOSS

Most rhino habitats extend outside protected areas, and the rapid growth of human populations and extension of agriculture into rangelands and forests means that rhino habitat is continuing to dissipate.

POACHING

Rhinos are darted, poisoned, trapped with snares, or taken down with high-powered rifles. While the animal is sometimes still alive, the horns are gouged from their face with hatchets or chainsaws. Rhinos die an agonizing, slow death from hemorrhage often while their young watch nearby. There has been an escalation in poaching and illegal trafficking in recent years driven by increasing demand in Asia.

TROPHY HUNTING

An endangered species is supremely desired by hunters who yearn to add the rarest of animals to their trophy collection. The winner of the trophy hunting auction pays up to $350,000 for the right to kill an endangered species. Affluent individuals, primarily of American and European origin, spend between $50,000 and $350,000 to kill a rhino.

REPRODUCTION

Male rhinos mature slowly and can take as long as twelve years before reproducing. The mother gives birth to a single calf which can take up to 18 months to be born. In short, rhinos cannot reproduce fast enough to offset the population declines.

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We can Save Together

Never buy rhino horn products

Sign petitions against the rhino horn trade

Help fund rhino protection by making donations

Spread the word to family and friends

Tell your governors to ban the horn trade

HELP SAVE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Wildlife is under attack by Congress. Congressional bill H.R. 2603 aims to remove Africa’s species from the Endangered Species Act. This includes Africa’s most vulnerable iconic species like elephants and rhinos.

Some powerful members of Congress and special interest groups are trying to dismantle the law. We need your help to save this landmark Act before it’s too late.

TAKE ACTION NOW HERE

HORNY FACTS

are the second largest land animal
weight up to 7,000 lbs
live up to 40 years
horns are made from keratin
in a group are called a crash
have small brains
can run up to 40mph
use piles of dung to leave “messages” for other rhinos
have a gestation period of 16 months
have poor eyesight
very well-developed senses of smell and hearing
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