With formidable presence and sheer power, the rhino is a creature to be in awe of. Yet it continues to be under threat from poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, as well as habitat loss – increasing the decline of the five species of rhinos across the planet.
In this and the last century, we’ve already seen the extinction of several black rhino subspecies, and in just over 30 years, Selous Game Reserve – World Heritage site and the largest wilderness area in Tanzania - has lost almost 98% of its black rhino population.
By signing our e-action, you’ll be sending a message to the Tanzanian President urging him to secure the protection of Selous.
It's not just rhinos that are impacted either. Communities that live alongside them and other large animals rely on the landscapes that are shaped by these armoured giants.
There is some good news
However, it’s not all bad news for some rhino species. Parts of South Asia will be celebrating the good news that there has been an increase in numbers of the greater one-horned rhino in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
Recent research shows an increase in rhino populations, from less than 600 in the late 1960’s to an estimated population of 3,500 today.
This is encouraging for conservation efforts and would not be possible without the efforts of our supporters, but we still have a long way to go to secure a future for all rhino species.
What you can do today
In the Selous Game Reserve, rhinos not only face the threat of poaching, but new industrial-scale threats to their habitat from potential oil and gas developments and hydropower schemes.
Sign our e-action and send a message to the Tanzanian President urging him to secure the protection of Selous and these precious ancient giants.