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Rhinos: Very Few Rhinos Now Survive Outside Protected Areas

Animals  (tags: Rhinos, rhinoceros, wildlife, wildanimals, habitat, extinction, environment, conservation, animaladvocates, black rhino, white rhino )

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Rhinos once roamed throughout Eurasia and Africa, and were known to early Europeans who depicted them in cave paintings. Within historical times, rhinos were still widespread in the African savannas and the tropical forests of Asia.


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Laura H (950)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 6:27 pm
It's so sad; humans have such little regard for the animals on the planet.

Monica D (580)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 6:42 pm
Very sad. We must do what we can to help endangered soecies.

Freya H (345)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 7:23 pm
Any petitions I can sign? When I get more money to spare maybe I can help save them.

Tara D (0)
Friday February 5, 2010, 11:31 am
I wish I had the money to help,alls i can do is sign potetions and promote them to my friends and family in hopes they will keep passing them along.we must try i wish i could do more but the mother of 5 with disabilities and a husband who lost his job alls i can do is pray and sign sign sign..and hope that the people of this planet will come together to help out evey living creature in need big or small

Caralien S (18)
Friday February 5, 2010, 11:33 am
thank you for posting this link

Cassie Jo P (0)
Friday February 5, 2010, 11:34 am
Do these people have no heats? Animals are becoming so endangered and they could even become extinct in a few years but these people don't care.

Caralien S (18)
Friday February 5, 2010, 11:35 am
thank you for posting this

Cynthia Falwell (137)
Friday February 5, 2010, 12:10 pm
Why do humans have to invaded every living animals' habitate? Leave this dear animals alone. They are where God intended for them to be and don't bother humans. But humans with no heart or no regard for animals do the unthinkable. Kill them for their horns or just cut their horns off and let them suffer. Please put a end to this travestie!

T Zabel (74)
Friday February 5, 2010, 1:13 pm

Abo r (107)
Friday February 5, 2010, 1:33 pm

Robyn L (80)
Friday February 5, 2010, 1:54 pm
Tara, sometimes signing a petition is all a lot of us can do. But that truly is doing something very good. It is bringing attention to the problems and by passing the petitions along you are educationing others who might not have any idea about how endangered some of these animals are or about how they are losing their homelands. Thanks for your note and thanks for helping out!

wendy w (47)
Friday February 5, 2010, 3:54 pm
Humans are the cruelest species to ever live on this planet. How sad. Thankfully, there are some of us here to try to make a difference. Good luck to us!!!

Patricia C (96)
Friday February 5, 2010, 6:56 pm
Noted, thank you Robyn. So sad how thy have suffered horrible deaths just because of their horns, sickening.

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Friday February 5, 2010, 11:44 pm
Interesting article ! I never knew there were that many different kinds of rhinos ! Fascinating animal .. Thanks Robyn :)

. (0)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 4:43 am
One of the reasons that rhinos appear to show "aggressive" behavior is because of their poor eye sitght. When they 'see' something in the near distance they tend to run up to it--in order to really see more closely. I only know this because I met the heir to the Swanson Food Empire some years ago. He has spent years in efforts to rescue these animals as well as bring their plight to public attention. He was traveling with his personal exhibit among which was a white rhino that had been left to die--it's mother having been poached.

It is wonderful to know that their population is (slowly) growing once again. They too, are a necessary 'link' in the food chain.

Luis Miguel J (0)
Sunday February 7, 2010, 1:25 pm
And Otrher spice tahta al we kill, so sad, we need to do somthing, we need to save all of them

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 9:19 am
Australian zoo says white rhino birth 'sign of hope'
by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) May 21, 2013

Program to repopulate Britain with cranes yields first egg
Slimbridge, England (UPI) May 20, 2013 - Wildlife experts say the first crane egg in southern Britain in more than 400 years has been laid by a nesting bird.
Although hunting and the loss of habitat wiped out the crane population in Britain, the Great Crane Project has been rearing the birds in captivity and reintroducing them to southwestern England since 2010, they said.

The egg, the first laid by cranes released by the project, is under round-the-clock guard in a wetland near Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, the BBC reported Monday.

Video observation of the nesting birds has been set up to collect data as a resource for conservationists and also to protect the nest from egg collectors, project officials said.

"Cranes are an iconic part of British wildlife and one that was all but lost for centuries," Nigel Jarrett of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said.

The oldest of the cranes released by the project only reached maturity this year.

"There is a long way to go before cranes become widespread again, but it is absolutely momentous to see this egg laid at Slimbridge," Jarrett said.

An Australian zoo said Tuesday the birth of a southern white rhinoceros was a "sign of hope" for the species given the escalation of poaching in Africa.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo said the yet-to-be-named male calf was born to first-time mother Mopani in the safari-style animal park in Dubbo, 400 kilometres (250 miles) west of Sydney, on May 14.

"It seems the first rain we had in Dubbo in a number of months helped bring on the birth of this calf, which was spotted by a staff member on Tuesday morning," senior keeper Pascale Benoit said.

Taronga said every birth was important given unprecedented poaching in Africa, with close to 2,000 rhinos estimated to have been slaughtered since 2006, resulting in population growth slumping to some of the lowest levels in decades.

"He is a sign of hope to all of us to help stop the worst rhino poaching crisis in half a century," Taronga chief executive Cameron Kerr said.

The zoo hopes the delivery heralds a new start for its breeding programme after it last year suffered the devastating loss of four white rhinos from a mysterious illness which caused neurological abnormalities.

The cause of the disease has never been determined.

Mopani contracted the illness while pregnant but survived to give birth to the healthy 45-50 kilogram (99-110 pound) calf.

Zoo general manager Matt Fuller said nine white rhinos had been born at the facility since 2003 but the latest was "incredibly special" given the recent escalation in poaching, driven by demand from Asia for rhino horn.

"We are hearing that in excess of 300 animals have succumbed this year already," he said.

"If that's to continue then very soon, in fact something like 2015 or 2016, we will be seeing a tipping point where the deaths brought on by illegal poaching and hunting outweigh the number of births that are happening in the wild.

"And that really puts rhinos on one clear path, and that is the path towards extinction."

The zoo's rhinos are southern whites, the less endangered of the two white rhinoceros species. There are estimated to be some 20,000 southern whites surviving in the wild, according to environmental group WWF.
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