Saving Rhinos publishes news, information, and educational content about the illegal rhino horn trade, rhino conservation issues, and wildlife crime.
Did you know the illegal trade in rhino horn is a multi-million dollar industry based on a myth and operated by organized crime syndicates?
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Did you know the world's rhino population has declined 90% since 1970?
Four of the five species of rhinoceros are in danger of extinction in the wild, due mostly to illegal trade in rhino horn and increasingly, to habitat loss. If not for conservation efforts, there would be no wild rhinos alive today.
Four of the five remaining species of rhino will become extinct in the wild in our lifetime if we do not take action to stop poaching and support rhino conservation.
Rhinos in crisis: Rhino horn is NOT medicine!
Education about rhino horn is desperately needed.
We need to teach people to stop thinking of rhino horn as a valuable commodity and start focusing on the facts. Rhino horn has no medicinal properties, no curative benefits, and no magical powers. - Rhishja Cota-Larson, author of Rhino Horn is Not Medicine (blog) and Murder, Myths & Medicine (book); founder of Saving Rhinos.
Get the FACTS! Read Rhino Horn: All myth, no medicine on National Geographic's NatGeo News Watch
Rhinos have been slaughtered to near extinction to fuel the unwavering demand for rhino horn products in China - and recently, Vietnam - all based on myths and superstitions about so-called "medicinal properties" of rhino horn. Both China and Vietnam have thriving illegal markets in rhino horn and other endangered species products.
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- Illegal Trade in Rhino Horn: The Vietnamese Connection
- Rhino Farms and China's State-Funded TCM Research
Suspicions Confirmed - China Investing Millions in Rhino Horn Scheme. Read it here.
Organized rhino poaching gangs in India and Nepal pay impoverished villagers to help locate greater one-horned rhinos in their forest habitats - where they are slaughtered.
In Indonesia and Malaysia, the growing demand for palm oil used in common household products is also taking its toll on the Sumatran and Javan Rhino populations by destroying an unprecedented amount of forest habitat. Rampant expansion of teak plantations has severely reduced the suitable habitat for Indian Rhinos in the wild.
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Saving Rhinos publishes news and information about the illegal rhino horn trade and works to expose the truth behind this gruesome international business.
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Raising public awareness through education
Local educational community organizations who are working to increase support for rhino conservation can make a real difference.
Learn more about a local community organization helping Greater One-Horned Rhinos in the Chitwan area of Nepal: Partnership for Rhino Conservation (PARC/Nepal),
Raising awareness of the rhino extinction crisis
Rhinos are wonderfully fascinating animals - we have lots of information about rhinos on our website. If you're working on a school project or are looking for classroom resources, then Saving Rhinos is here to help! Check out Fast Rhino Facts or download a "Rhino Species at a Glance" (there's one for each species!).
Extinction Crisis: Poaching and Habitat Loss
The biggest reason for the rhino extinction crisis is poaching for rhino horn, but habitat loss is increasingly a factor endangering the species. Rhino poaching supplies a black market for traditional Chinese medicine in much of Asia ...
Habitat destruction caused by logging of forests and human settlement in protected areas is shrinking opportunities to recover lost populations of endemic rhinos. Furthermore, political conflict within and neighboring countries with protected areas is destabilizing law and order and undermining anti-poaching efforts. - IRF
Despite being a CITES signatory, Chinese pharmaceutical companies continue to manufacture so-called "medicines" derived from illegal rhino horn.
Javan Rhino: Most Critically Endangered Mammal on Earth
With fewer than 50 Javan Rhinos surviving in only one known location, the Javan Rhino is quite possibly the most critically endangered mammal on earth.
Hope for the Javan Rhino
Most recently, The International Rhino Foundation helped the Indonesian government develop a strategy for ensuring the continued survival of Javan Rhinos. The top priorities for the future are to increase the population in Ujung Kulon to 70 animals (the park’s carrying capacity) and to then translocate several animals to begin establishing a second population in a secure area.