Poaching is most likely the greatest cause to the catastrophic fall in Rhino population. Since 1970, more than 90% of the wild rhinoceros population has disappeared, this accounts for the fastest decline of any large mammal species ever recorded. Combined with the illegal trade of rhino horns, hoofs, and skin (causing the market for poaching), habitat loss due to human activity is the other great contributor to rhinoceros population decline. The glaring evidence from the fall of the Rhinoceros is that humans have played the key role in their plight. We have created markets for killing rhinos and thieving their anatomy, we have burned natural lands dry of vegetation, deforested, moved in on their territories, and we are the sole offender to blame for these big beautiful beasts collapse. Check out the site below for more info, and for what you can do to help.
The underlying reason rhinos are in the situation they are in is because of poverty. Poverty is why people are poaching the animal. The sad truth is that rhinos are worth more dead than they are alive to many people. There is not enough incentive to keep the rhinos alive. If a person has to choose between killing the last rhino to feed their family, or starve, the option is clear.
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