Rhino Adoption Kit
Rhinoceroses are the largest land mammals after the elephant. There are five species of rhinos, two African and three Asian, all of which are endangered. One of the most distinct features of rhinos are their large horns which are made of keratin, the same substance that makes up human hair and fingernails. It is primarily for their horns that rhinos are facing the dire threat of extinction.
Rhinos rank among the most endangered species on Earth. Highly-prized for their horns on the black market, they face a dire threat from poaching, which is rapidly pushing them towards extinction. Their horns are used in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as being carved into jewelry, dagger handles and other trinkets. Rhino horns have become so valuable on the black market that thieves are stealing them from museums and game trophies shot long ago. Adding to the problem is the fact that for some species, the Sumatran rhino in particular, over-hunting has occurred for so long that the remaining population is broken into disconnected groups, unable to breed and to continue adding to the species’ genetic diversity.
Your adoption supports our work to ensure important international trade prohibitions are enforced, such as the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), so that poaching and illegal wildlife trade can be stopped.