Status: Critically Endangered
- Once estimated at 850,000 individuals, the black rhino population dropped to 2,400 by the mid-1990s. Conservation efforts increased their numbers to about 5,000 in 2010, but a resurgence of poaching threatens them again.
- The major threat facing rhinos is poaching. Their horns are highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and are in demand in some Middle Eastern countries for traditional dagger handles.
What the AZA Community is Doing
- In the last five years alone, 24 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums took part in field conservation projects benefiting black rhinos, amounting to more than $1.3 million.
- The AZA community invested an additional $1.2 million to support organizations such as the International Rhino Foundation
- For over two decades, AZA-accredited institutions have provided financial support to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya through the American Association of Zoo Keepers’ Bowling for Rhinos program. Lewa is home to 12% of Kenya’s black rhinoceros population.
- AZA SAFE will further these efforts by harnessing the collective power of the 229 AZA member institutions and our 180 million visitors, connecting partners, and creating and executing a conservation action plan to help black rhinos in the wild.
How You Can Help
Spread the word! Let your friends and family know that black rhinos need our help.
Visit: Your visit to an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium not only supports the well-being of the animals you see, but also supports conservation efforts. Find an institution near you
Guess who? Download our free TailsUp! app and play with your friends. It’s free to download but offers in-app purchases – and 100% of AZA’s proceeds supports conservation work. Available on the iTunes store and Google Play.