At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia.  This fell to 70,000 by 1970 and further to just 25,000 within the last decade.

In Feb 2013 the IUCN reported that there were just 20,405 white rhinos and 5,055 black rhinos left in Africa If poaching continues at its current level the death rate will soon exceed the birth rate, and rhinos will quickly become extinct in the wild.


  • In 2011 the Javan rhino was declared extinct in mainland Asia. This critically endangered species can now only be found in Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia
  • In 2011 Africa’s western black rhino was declared extinct. Poaching was identified as the primary cause
  • In 2013 Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park reported that the country’s last 15 rhinos had been wiped out by poachers
  • Poaching caused Africa’s black rhino populations to decline by an estimated 97.6% between 1960 and 1995
  • Only 4 northern white rhinos left in the world – one old and now infertile male and 3 females
  • More than 3 rhinos a day are poached in South Africa alone
  • Rhino poaching in South Africa increased by more than 9000% between 2007 and 2014
  • The poaching rate in South Africa continues to rise – 393 rhinos were killed in the first four months of 2015 compared to 331 in 2014
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