A dehorned white rhino in South Africa at sunset A dehorned white rhino in South Africa at sunset

Credit: Jason Savage Wild Heart Conservation

Threats to rhino

Rhino poaching has reached crisis point, and across the globe rhino habitat is shrinking.

Rhinos were once found throughout Eurasia and Africa, but today, three of the five rhino species are Critically Endangered, meaning they face a high chance of extinction.

In recent years rhino numbers have dropped dramatically due to poaching for their horn which is prized in Asian countries. They also face threats from habitat loss and political conflict. Read about these threats in more detail below.