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.
November 17, 2016
Representatives from around the world attending the Ha Noi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade signed a statement committing to do their part to end the supply and demand of illegally traded wildlife.
November 16, 2016
HRH Prince William visits Government of Viet Nam and Humane Society International’s rhino horn demand reduction campaign
His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, saw first-hand today the efforts by the government of Viet Nam and animal protection organisation HSI to inspire Viet Nam’s school children to protect rhinos from devastating poaching by reducing demand for rhino horn.
November 12, 2016
Viet Nam destroys more than two tons of confiscated ivory & rhino horn ahead of the Ha Noi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade
Viet Nam destroyed a large cache of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns confiscated from the illegal trade, and which came from the slaughter of an estimated 330 African elephants and 23 rhinos.
October 3, 2016
CITES News: Rhinos saved from disastrous Swaziland proposal to legalise horn trade on same day African elephants lose out on CITES Appendix I protection
HSI applauded CITES Parties for defeating a proposal by Swaziland to sell existing stocks of rhinoceros horn and horn harvested from the 74 living rhinos in the country to licensed retailers in Asia. The rhino news followed a devastatingly disappointing decision to reject the up-listing of all African elephants to Appendix I despite a clear conservation need.