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Left: A rhino horn confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was intended for sale on the black market. Right: A rhino displays its horn.

Left: A rhino horn confiscated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was intended for sale on the black market. Right: A rhino displays its horn.

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There used to be nearly 100 species of rhino. Now there are only 5, and they're hanging on by a thread.

A Costly Mistake

Reaching up to 4 feet in length, their horn is a rhino's signature feature. But at the base of that fierce-looking spear is a tender face. While the rhino is still alive, poachers ruthlessly hack off its horn. Part of their face goes with it, leaving the animal to suffer and die. One rhino horn can garner millions of dollars on the black market. It’s worth more than gold or cocaine. But what a cruel joke: rhino horn is just keratin—the same as your hair and fingernails.

 

 

Northern White Rhino, Nola, looking off into the distance as she faces a body of blue water

Nola, seen here at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2015, was one of four northern white rhinos left in the world at the time. Now there are two.

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Northern white rhinos left on the planet.

Race Against Time

Poaching has devastated wild rhino populations, and now it’s a race against time to save these magnificent giants. Rhino populations have been decimated, with some species hovering on the brink of extinction. One subspecies, the northern white rhino, is functionally extinct; only 2 survive. Both are female and unable to breed.

A pair of rhinos on the African savanna

Together, we can
turn things around.

Science to the Rescue

While all rhino species are in trouble, the northern white rhino has suffered worst of all. Decades of rampant poaching have left just 2 on Earth. But we have a plan to bring them back.

Generous donations from friends like you built the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This one-of-a-kind sanctuary is home to 6 rescued rhinos, and is dedicated to the conservation and reproduction of rhinos using assisted reproductive techniques.

With help from our Frozen Zoo® and surrogate southern white rhino mothers, we've created a cutting-edge program to bring the northern white rhino back from the brink of extinction. Will you join us?

 

 

Justin, a baby rhino, frolics with his mother at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Calves depend on their mothers for up to 4 years. Poaching mother rhinos is doubly devastating because their orphaned babies often die, too.

Rhino on African savanna