Black rhino behind trees in Kenya. Black rhino behind trees in Kenya.

Population Figures

The most recent population numbers for all five rhino species

All species

 

Rhino species

Population

Javan rhino 67
Sumatran rhino <80
Black rhino Between 5,040 and 5,458
Greater one-horned rhino 3,500+
White rhino Between 19,666 and 21,085

Javan rhino

Rhinoceros sondaicus
In-situ population: 67 animals
IUCN Red List Classification: Critically Endangered

Javan rhino in a river.

With an estimated 67 animals left in a single population in Ujung Kulon National Park, the Javan rhino is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters and disease. Numbers of Javan rhinos have increased during the last few years, thanks to the expansion of the habitat available for them into neighbouring Gunung Honje National Park.

Sumatran rhino

Dicerorhinus sumatrensis
In-situ population: less than 80 individuals
IUCN Red List Classification: Critically Endangered

Rosa, wallowing at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary

There are now only less than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, and efforts are now being invested in captive breeding in an attempt to boost the population. Historically, poaching had depleted the population but their biggest threat today is habitat loss – including forest destruction for palm oil and paper pulp – and increasingly, small, fragmented populations failing to breed.

Black rhino

Diceros bicornis
In-situ population: 5,042 – 5,455
IUCN Red List Classification: Critically Endangered

Image of a desert adapted black rhino in Namibia.

In the 1970-80’s, large-scale poaching saw Black rhino populations decline from around 70,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,410 in 1995 – that’s a dramatic decline of 96% over 20 years. Thanks to the persistent efforts of conservation programmes across Africa, Black rhino numbers have risen since then to a current population of between 5,042 and 5,458 individuals. Importantly, their geographic range has also increased, with successful reintroduction programmes repopulating areas that had previously seen their native black rhinos entirely poached out in the 1970s and 80s.

Greater One-Horned rhino

Rhinoceros unicornis
In-situ population: >3,500
IUCN Red List Classification: Vulnerable

Greater One Horned Rhino in water.

Greater One-Horned rhinos have made a startling comeback from the brink of extinction. By 1900, fewer than 200 individuals remained, but there are now more than 3,550 individuals, due to concerted conservation efforts in both India and Nepal; their remaining strongholds. Although poaching remains a high threat, particularly in Kaziranga National Park, a key area for the species, the need to expand their habitat to provide space for the growing population is a key priority.

White rhino

Ceratotherium simum
In-situ population: 19,682 – 21,077
IUCN Red List Classification: Near Threatened

A white rhino at dusk eating grass.

The overwhelming rhino conservation success story is that of the Southern White rhino. The White rhino recovered from near extinction with numbers as low as 50-100 left in the wild in the early 1900s, this sub-species of rhino has now increased to between 19,666 and 21,085, with the vast majority living in a single country, South Africa.