Rhino Poaching

If the current rate of rhino horn poaching isn’t stopped, wild black rhinos could become extinct within the next decade. Indiscriminant killing of rhinos for their horns is being fueled by the Asian black market. Rhinos serve a critical function in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. A 5,000-pound white rhino can consume 50 or more pounds of food in one day. But it isn’t only the sheer bulk of vegetation consumed that makes them so important. Unlike elephants, who browse on trees, rhinos act as giant weed whackers, selectively grazing on certain plants and grasses, creating biodiversity in the landscape. These dietary preferences also create a mosaic patchwork of habitat that is more attractive for other grazers such as zebra and antelope, who, in turn, are food for lions, leopards, and hyenas.

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