White Rhinoceros or Square-lipped rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) Original Image taken in Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This is one of the five species of rhinoceros that still exist in the wild. White Rhinos are divided into two distinct subspecies: The Northern White Rhino and the Southern White Rhino. The Southern White Rhino is the least endangered of the living kinds of rhino, with a population of about 20,600 of which aproximately 17,500 live in the wild. The Southern White Rhino was considered extinct (due to poaching) until 1895, when a small population of less than 100 individuals was discovered in South Africa. Thanks to a century of conservation efforts, researchers and concerned individuals (especially in South Africa) the Southern White Rhinos population has recovered to appoximately 17,500.
White Rhinos are confined to private ranches and heavily protected areas; however, poaching remains a threat. This species is classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Unfortunately, the Northern White Rhino is feared extinct in the wild, as reported on June 17, 2008. There are only eight known Northern White Rhinos in the world. Data has been extracted from www.savingrhinos.org
If you would like to join us on an upcoming Photographic Tour please go to