September 22nd we celebrate World Rhino Day. Last year I posted about this important occasion, hoping to raise awareness of the perilous future rhinos face. This year, numbers haven’t really improved and things don’t look any less grim.

Rhinos poached in South Africa

The number of rhinos killed increase each year. Keep in mind, the above graphic only lists rhinos killed in South Africa. This does not include the rhinos lost in Asia. Nor does it include any numbers from 2015.

Rhinos’ #1 predator is humans, and we kill them for two reasons: their horns and trophy hunting.

While trophy hunting isn’t illegal, it is a highly controversial issue. Rhinos are one of the Big 5 and have been hunted for centuries. Many conservation groups and hunting groups, along with various government officials and scientists discuss the pros and cons of hunting endangered species. Trophy hunting is, for the most part, regulated, and therefore is not considered a detrimental effect on the overall rhino population, unlike poaching.

Poachers kill rhinos for their horns. Although horns are made of keratin (think human fingernails), they are sold as traditional medicine in Asia’s black markets. Education about the true value of rhino horn is key here, but when black markets are operated by organized crime, education can only impact so much.

blog pictures_rhino3Poachers use helicopters, machine guns, veterinary immobilization drugs, and other methods to hunt rhinos. Most poaching syndicates are based in Mozambique — a country that borders South Africa and where the government can’t or won’t step in.

That’s why rhinos need YOU on their team. We need tougher anti-poaching laws, tougher restrictions on trophy hunting and transportation of wild game trophies of endangered species, and tougher punishments for the criminals that do get caught. We need to raise awareness worldwide and educate those who think rhino horn has medicinal properties, to get them to stop buying it.

With World Rhino Day just a couple of weeks away, won’t you consider joining #TeamRhino? Here are some easy ways to get involved and feel good about yourself, too:

DONATE – send a gift in any amount to International Rhino Foundation. This organization has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, an honor bestowed upon members that have, “upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.”

SPREAD THE WORD – blog, tweet, email, talk about rhinos and the dangers they face if we don’t do something to help them.

Here are some easy links to follow:


International Rhino Foundation

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos





SHOP – Buy a T-shirt, help a rhino. Shop online for lots of cool rhino gear to announce your team.

Support World Rhino Day



15 thoughts on “#TEAMRHINO 2015

    • Hi Dianne, yes, I read about that, too. I am not sure how successful it’ll be for rhinos, at least in terms of the horn being used as traditional medicine, as I believe the horn is ground to powder. All they’d have to do is bleach it to make it look natural, I would imagine. But, I love the creative problem solving. We need more ideas like that!

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    • I agree, Carrie, humans are the most violent creatures — when our intent is for selfish, greedy, despicable reasons. Tigers, wolves, crocs — I can’t even consider them being violent when their intent for killing is based on survival.

      I think that’s where many people get confused about or misunderstand the purpose of predators. Some people consider predators as being “mean” when they hunt down a prey, so that’s their excuse for not caring about protections for endangered predators like lions and such. It’s mind-boggling.

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  1. Poaching of all kinds would disappear if we could remove the demand for the supply. Of course, much of the battle is finding the right way to convince people to change their habits and beliefs. This is one area where I wish we were more like other predators—only killing for food or defense!

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    • It’s maddening to hear how many people really don’t know the truth about rhino horns or elephant tusks — that there is no intrinsic value to them. And if we could simply stop the demand, you’re right, then the supply will wither to nothing. The trophy hunting is another matter entirely, but still a crucial piece of the puzzle. Too many people want body parts of wild animals — why??? I really don’t understand the desire at all.


  2. What a wonderful cause to support,Kate. I’m a vegan and an avid supporter of animal rights. It’s a sad world we live in that majestic creatures are being murdered into extinction. Mathair and I thank you for bringing awareness and will be sure to spread the word on Facebook. #TeamRhino


  3. It’s sad to hear that the numbers of rhinos aren’t going up. My hope is that poaching will become taboo and that eco-tourism will become more popular as that is what could save these beautiful animals. Thank you for reminding us of their plight – it reminded me to donate to this wonderful cause.


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