There are two African rhinos, the White rhino and the Black rhino and three Asian rhinos, the Indian one-horned rhino, the Sumatran rhino and the Javan rhino. Some of these species are close to extinction, and the demand for rhino horn by people who believe it has healing properties, means that rhino are being poached and numbers continue to fall.

Rhinos have lived on earth for over 40 million years but habitat loss from human encroachment and poaching for their horn means they need our protection. In the wild, the only predator of adult rhinos is man.



Up to 2700kg!






Africa, India, Sumatra, Java

Where in the world?

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) works to protect black rhino in Namibia and one-horned Indian rhinos in Assam, some of the most rhino vulnerable populations on earth.


DSWF is funding projects in Namibia to save one of the world's last surviving, truly wild populations of black rhinos, and other wildlife, living in the planet's oldest desert.

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DSWF supports anti-poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife across Assam's borders while protecting one of the most important wildlife habitats in the world. Kaziranga is the last stronghold of the Indian one-horned rhino

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Once thought to be anti-social, new research reveals that rhinos often gather at night in sociable groups around watering holes.


Indian one-horned rhinos live in seasonally flooded regions and graze the rich flood plains. Although they have one horn which is much smaller than their African cousins, they are still targeted by poachers.


All rhinos are short sighted but they have very good hearing and an excellent sense of smell.


Pregnancy lasts 15-16 months and single calves are born, weighing about 40kg. Although rare, rhinos do occasionally have twins.

Discover more about Rhinos

You can help save rhinos by supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's work either by fundraising as a school or an individual or entering our annual art and poetry competition. For more information you can download our animal fact sheets and posters too!

Photography courtesy of Dana Allen, Andrew White, WTI, Mark Carwardine