African Rhinoceros – Are They Critically Endangered?

(Last Updated On: April 8, 2021)

African Rhinoceros are the mammals which are easily recognized by their prehistoric features and forehead horns. Rhinos are bold and have been spotted grazing right next to the lions, while the lions are equally fazed. Poets are responsible for the decline of rhinoceros population. Good news is, the two significant African Rhinoceros species – white rhino and black rhino– have both found gradually increasing in number in recent years by the grace of successful conservation efforts.

Rhino populations
Rhino populations

The White Rhino (Cerrotherium symmum) is mostly found in the Kruger National Park, in the middle of the Sabi and Crocodile rivers and in the low forests around Shingedji and Letaba. Black rhinos (Diceros barricornis) are found near the shrubs and thick bushes south of Lower Kragu and the crocodile near the Crocodile Bridge between Sukuza and Pretorioscope.

When and when does the rhino sleep?

African Rhinoceros get up or sleep well and can sleep 8 hours a day at breaks. On a hot day, they can be found hanging under a tree, but after taking a deep nap, they lie on their hips slightly. They sleep very deep and can be communicated easily.

African rhinos
African rhinos

How will the rhinoceros stay cool?

During the heat of the day, the African Rhinoceros will rest in the shade or find a raw wreath. Mud not only cools them down but protects the skin from parasites and the sun. Rhinos roam more often at night in cooler and more tolerable conditions. They will drink water whenever

What is the rhino horn made and why is it needed?

The African Rhinoceros horn is not made with thinly curled hair but is keratin (the same material that makes nails, nails and hips). The horn is considered for its supposed medicinal purposes. In Yemen, the horn is used to handle snatches that are presented to reach young men to manhood.

Rhino Poaching is rampant in South Africa
Rhino Poaching is still rampant in South Africa

What is the difference between black and white rhinoceros?

There is no difference in color between the two species, from which the name White Rhino comes from the mouth, wide or wide description. Black rhinoceros face is h against the wide face of white rhino. White Rhino is a grazer and Black Rhino is a browser, hence the size of the face. There is also a difference in size between the two when White Rhino grows up.

Conservation

One and a half years ago, the savannas in Africa gave away more than a million black and white African Rhinoceros. European settlers, however, saw the number and distribution of rhinoceros declining rapidly in relentless hunting.

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1970 The demand for rhinoceros horn, a valuable ingredient in Asian herbal medicines, increased deciduous prey in the 1970 and 1980 decades.

Some African rhino populations are now stabilizing or growing due to vigorous conservation and anti-poaching efforts and international sanctions on the rhino horn trade.

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However, most of the remaining rhinos on the continent are found in only four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. There are very few African rhinos now living outside protected areas and sanctuaries.

And hunting is again threatening the survival of some populations.

African Rhino
African Rhino

Why rhinoceros matter

African Rhinoceros have been around for millions of years and play an important role in their ecosystem. These are important greasers, taking up a large number of plants, which help to shape the African landscape. It benefits other animals and maintains a healthy balance in the ecosystem.

Local people depend on the natural resources of rhino habitat for food, fuel, and income. One of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ is a popular sight for rhino tourists. Ecotourism can be an important source of income for local people.

By helping protect rhinoceros, we are helping people and wildlife preserve their habitat, help local communities, and ensure that natural resources are available to future generations.
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One of the biggest threats facing African rhinoceros is the illegal trade in their horns, which has increased in recent years.

The number of hives in South Africa alone has increased by 5% since 2007 – from 5 in 19 to a record 6.2

Powderhorn is used in traditional Asian medicine for the treatment of various diseases, from handover to fever and even to cancer.

The current rise, however, has largely been driven by the demand for horns in Vietnam. In addition to its use in medicine, rhino horn is bought purely as a symbol of wealth.

Bird teams use increasingly sophisticated methods, including helicopters and night vision equipment and veterinary drugs, to track the rhinoceros.

This means that countries and conservationists need to adapt to this level of technology in order to work to reduce demand as well as be able to deal with problems.

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