World Rhino Day is celebrated to both admire the beautiful animal and to build awareness about the conservation struggle they face. They are being poached at an alarming rate and are getting closer and closer to extinction.
Rhinos are being targeted because of the high demand for their horns. Many people believe that their horns posses healing properties but are actually the same material as your fingernails are made, keratin. Of the five types of rhinos, three are critically endangered, one is vulnerable to extinction, and the White Rhino is near threatened. The White Rhino is so close to extinction that one in Kenya is being protected 24 hrs around the clock.
According to Save the Rhino, there has been a 96% decline of rhino population between 1970 and 1993. It isn’t difficulty to understand that something needs to be done, and fast. So celebrate World Rhino Day with your friends and spread awareness about the cause!