White Rhino


A female white rhino protecetively looks over her calf in a private game reserve in South Africa. While white rhinos are no longer critically endangered due to an overwhelmingly successful conservation effort, they still face severe threats from poachers. Even in this private game reserve, rangers will not discuss the local rhinos over the radio to avoid poachers eavesdropping and more easily locating them.

The white rhino recovered from near extinction with numbers as low as 50 – 100 left in the wild in the early 1900’s, this sub-species of rhino has now increased to 15,940, with the vast majority living in a single country, South Africa. Despite this, it is the subspecies most threatened by poaching. The Northern white rhino, however, has only two females left, after the last male, Sudan, died in March 2018