A rhinoceros (rhinocerotidae) is one of the world’s most iconic and widely recognised large mammals on the planet, famous for its horn. Tragically, however, rhino horn is one of the highest value wildlife products being sold in Asia and on the black market.
As one of the oldest living creatures on the planet rhinos have lived on earth for over 40 million years but are now one of the most targeted mammals in Africa for the illegal wildlife trade. There are five subspecies of rhino across the world, the Sumatran rhino, Javan rhino, black rhino, greater one-horned rhino and the white rhino.
In less than a decade, more than 8,800 rhinos have been lost to the poaching epidemic in Africa alone with their horn now rivalling the price of gold.
Rhino horn is used in traditional medicines and as a status symbol. Consumer demand is higher than ever before and it is imperative that measures be put in place before we see the extinction of this iconic species.
At current poaching rates, Africa’s rhinos could be extinct in the coming decades.
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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) have been proud supporters of both the African rhino and the Indian one-horned rhino since our inception over 35 years ago.
By supporting monitoring and research-based projects, anti-poaching and species protection operations and translocation programmes across both Africa and Asia, we continue to provide an unwavering voice for rhinos in the wild.
Adopting a holistic approach to conservation DSWF fights, protects and engages on behalf of rhinos and other endangered species across Africa and Asia.
We also work alongside colleagues to influence policy and ensure the toughest legislation measures are enacted to protect rhinos in the wild and fight for an end to all trade in rhino horn.
We also fund research and monitoring programmes in Namibia (the last stronghold of desert-adapted black rhinos) to collate vital data on the remaining populations which is imperative to their survival.
“The price tag humans have placed on rhino horn, a substance made from the same material as our own fingernails, has driven the species to the brink of extinction. Only when we end the consumptive use of rhino horn and kill the demand will we see the population recover”.
Georgina Lamb, Chief Executive at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Find out more
Anti-poaching units on the front line of rhino conservation are engaging in devastating poaching wars. Read more here.
Read DSWF’s position on the rhino horn trade. Fuelled by consumer demand in Asia, rhinos are poached at an alarming rate for their horns.
What’s the difference between an African black rhino and a white rhino? Discover new rhino facts here.
DSWF is working to protect rhinos in Namibia. We fund wildlife rangers and research programmes protecting the last stronghold of the black rhino.