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The story of the white rhino is one of nature’s saddest. Hunted to death, the white rhino is currently past the brink and is now in freefall to the sad bottom of the cliff of extinction. Read on to hear the sad story of the white rhino.
There are actually two species of white rhino
The northern white rhino is one of two species of white rhino. The southern rhino is doing fairly well – they have an estimated 17,460 wild animals. The northern is almost gone.
The Northern white rhino is probably extinct in the wild
In 2006, there were four northern white rhinos left in the wild. However, by June 2008, the animal was considered extinct in the wild, since none of those four were seen again (presumed killed).
They were poached to extinction
In the 1970s and ’80s, poachers decimated the population of the Northern White Rhino. They went swiftly from about 500 rhinos to about 15. They were killed for their horns, which fetch a very high price as an aphrodisiac (sad that a whole species is going extinct because some people thought it helped their erections).
They had a brief and pitiful comeback
From the ’90s to mid-2003, the population made a comeback… but only to 32 animals. Then poaching again intensified, dropping the wild population all the way down to between five and 10 animals.
There is only one male left
There is only one male. To keep him safe, there are many safety precautions, including cutting off his horn, guards toting machine guns, aircraft, GPS trackers, and trained protective dogs.