Posted on May 23, 2012 | Comments 0
We have to face the truth: there is a rhino war. These gentle and sweet animals are hunted for their horns that can be found on their noses. It looks like they are really unlucky. We should consider them something like a unicorn and they are the only ones we’ve got.
Many people are fighting for these wonderful animals, but there are also some people who are killing them for their horns. So, the goodwill of people is the only chance they’ve got. As the rhinos get killed, their number decreases and this only makes the value of their horn even higher. This is why in their case extinction is a real threat.
At this moment, there are only about 23,000 living rhinos in the world. They can be found in eastern and southern Africa, Nepal, India, Malaysia and Indonesia. Until now, the record number of rhinos killed per year was of 448 last year, but the specialists estimate that this year there will be a new record of 583.
Species of the world
At the moment we still have Indian rhinos. There are about 2590 animals belonging to this species that is considered to be critically endangered. They can be found in Nepal and India.
Next is the Sumatran rhino and it is believed that only 200 animals of this species can be found in the world. This is also in the critically endangered species list. They can be found in Malaysia and Indonesia.
There are 14,500 White rhinos. Since their number is still quite high, the species is almost near threatened. They can be found in D. R. Congo and South Africa.
When it comes to the Javan rhino, you should know that there are less than 50 animals left of this species and this is why it is in danger of extinction. This species is considered to be extinct in Vietnam starting with 2011 and the remaining animals can be found in Indonesia.
In Black rhino species, there are 4860 animals and these are also on the verge of extinction. Their majority lives in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Prices are the cause of war
At this moment the value of one kg of rhino horn costs about $60,000, which is a lot more expensive than cocaine, platinum or gold.
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