Due to habitat loss and being illegally hunted for their horns, very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves.
At the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia, but today, as few as 29,000 rhinos remain in the wild. Due to conservation efforts, populations of all five species of rhino are climbing in numbers, but protection of them is still vital for their survival.
Poaching, driven by consumer demand for rhino horn primarily in Asia, poses the biggest threat to rhinos. Rhino poaching levels hit record highs in 2015, with poachers slaughtering at least 1,300 rhinos in Africa. Then in 2017, 691 rhinos were poached, and 508 in 2018.