Credit: Jason Savage Wild Heart Conservation
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.
Poaching for rhino horn
In 2017, 1,028 rhino were brutally murdered for their horn in South Africa alone. That is around three rhino poached a day.
Habitat loss is a major threat to rhino populations. Human development has chopped up landscapes where rhinos live, leading to small, isolated populations that cannot get together to breed.