Whilst poaching pressure continues to increase the impact on African rhino species, efforts in India and Nepal have led to increases in the numbers of the greater one-horned rhino.
The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) today released the 2019 State of the Rhino report which details the impacts on the conservation of the world’s five species of rhinoceros.
Remarkable recoveries have been seen over the past ten years for several species, including the black rhino in Africa and the greater one-horned rhino in India and Nepal. Poaching remains the largest threat and has led to decreases for white rhinos and Sumatran rhinos over 2 years.
10 years ago, fewer than 21,000 rhinos roamed the Earth. Today, rhino numbers hover around 27,300 – a 30 percent increase over the past decade. But, shorter term, over the past 2 years, the global rhino population has seen a steady decline, dropping from a high of 29,000 in 2017 to 27,300 today.
Despite the overall 10-year increase, rhino populations have reached a tipping point as births no longer are keeping up with poaching losses. “Two of the world’s five rhino species could be lost in our lifetime,” says Susie Ellis, executive director of the IRF. “Rhinos across the globe are threatened by rampant poaching to feed