Habitat loss is a major threat to rhino populations. There are several ways in which this is manifested including clearance of land for human settlement and agricultural production, logging, authorised and illegal. This is a major threat to all species as wildlife needs space to live and survive. It is therefore also a major barrier for rhino numbers to recover and increase.
In the case of the Sumatran rhino habitat loss has been a major factor in rhino numbers declining. Sumatran rhinos are now highly fragmented from each other, declining the chances of breeding and recovering their numbers even more.
Map from the International Rhino Foundation of fragmented Sumatran rhino populations
When one compares a map of the current distribution of the five rhino species with one showing the distribution c.1800, the difference is striking. Many countries have lost their rhino populations altogether: Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan in Africa; and Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Sarawak in Asia.
What is Save the Rhino doing?
Save the Rhino is one of the few organizations working to protect all five species of rhinos through a range of activities.
Read about the work we are doing in helping rhino populations expand to new territories
Read about all of the conservation activities we do to protect rhinos in the field
How you can help
- Report to the authorities if you suspect someone is selling/buying rhino horn products.
- Donate towards much-needed anti-poaching equipment and support
- Become a member of Save the Rhino and join the struggle
- Become an ambassador for rhinos by fundraising and raising awareness with you friends, family, fellow students and work colleagues.
- Spread the word! Share this page on your social networking site to make other people aware of the problems