Thanks to the rampant illegal slaughter of rhinos for their horns, rhinos have the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most endangered animals on earth.
Over the last 40 years, the world’s overall rhinoceros population has declined by over 90% – and if not for dedicated conservation efforts over the last 100 years, it is likely that all rhinoceros species would already be extinct.
To help raise awareness for these proud pachyderms, here are 11 incredible facts about rhinos – plus a compilation of beautiful photos (with a couple of videos, too). Enjoy!
Rhino fact 1: There are two species of African rhino – the white rhino (Ceratotherium simum) and the black rhino (Diceros bicornis). There are three species of Asian rhino – the greater one-horned (Indian) rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), the Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), and the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus).
Pictured: Black rhino Next page >>