Before the turn of the 20th century, black rhinos were the most populated of all the rhino species. However, between 1900 and 1995 their numbers dropped from 850,000 to around 2,400 individuals, a loss of 98 percent of the species. Rhinos are primarily affected by habitat loss and habitat fragmentation, as well as high levels of illegal hunting and poaching in order to obtain their horns for medicinal or ornamental use.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 14.5 L x 3 W x 6.75 H
- Size in inches: 5.71 L x 1.18 W x 2.66 H
- UPC: 095866228903
The black rhino has been listed as a Critically Endangered species since 1996. A subspecies that was once found in Cameroon was officially declared extinct in 2013. Three subspecies remain, but their numbers are still low due to poaching. Efforts to protect the species include bans on international commercial trade involving black rhinos and their horns, as well as field protection in conservation areas and sanctuaries.