Updated: May 28, 2022
I shot this black Rhino with the intention of honoring the extinct white rhino, and the wildlife rangers that die protecting the remaining black rhino. I blew out the black rhino to portray it slowly disappearing.
The population of the Northern White Rhino is now considered extinct in the wild due to armed conflicts and excessive poaching for their horns. The black rhino is considered critically endangered due to illegal Wildlife Trade. Of all the threats facing black rhinos, poaching is the deadliest. Today, black rhinos remain critically endangered because of rising demand for rhino horn, from some Asian consumers, particularly in Vietnam and China, who use them in folk remedies. Most of the world’s remaining black rhino populations are concentrated in fenced sanctuaries and conservation areas with thorough law enforcement and intensive protection zones.
Organizations like the Thin Green Line Foundation and Project Ranger directly support wildlife rangers who dedicate their lives to protecting the world’s endangered rhinos.
African Safari Tourism Tip - Turn off your geo locators when taking photos and posting them. Poachers use geo-tagged posts to track and kill these endangered animals down.