All five rhino species are threatened with extinction: Africa’s black rhinos are critically endangered, with a population under 5,000. The 3,000 one-horned rhinos of India and Nepal are endangered, while Southeast Asia’s Sumatran and Javan rhinos number only in the hundreds and tens, respectively and are also critically endangered. At around 20,000, the southern white rhino is most numerous, with the vast majority living in South Africa.
Although habitat loss is an important consideration, the main threat to rhinos is poaching. Rhino horn is a highly valued component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, practiced in China, Vietnam and other parts of East Asia. Hundreds of rhinos are killed illegally for their horns every year.
HSI is working to improve international and domestic laws and regulations, to increase enforcement of existing protective measures, and to convince consumers of Traditional Chinese Medicine that the use of rhino horn is ineffective and unnecessary and is threatening the survival of these fascinating animals.
March 14, 2013
The 16th meeting of the Parties of CITES closed with many positive conservation outcomes, except for the polar bear, whose status remained unchanged despite evidence the species is imperiled.
March 14, 2013
HSI y la HSUS Celebran Resultados sobre Conservación en CITES, Expresan Preocupación por la Supervivencia de los Osos Polares
La 16ta reunión las Partes de CITES concluyó con muchos resultados positivos sobre conservación, excepto para el oso polar, cuyo estatus permaneció igual a pesar de la evidencia de que la especie está en peligro.
March 12, 2013
A statement from HSI/UK Executive Director and veterinarian Mark Jones on provisions put forth to help protect rhinos from poaching during the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES.
March 1, 2013
HSI and The HSUS urged nations to support proposals to increase or establish protection for species threatened by international trade during the 16th meeting of CITES held in Thailand.