why rhinos such an important animal to save?



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    Experts have decided with sadness that there is no longer any way to save all the endangered species. That means people must make decisions about which to save, and which to let die.

    Nobody is happy about these decisions. Think about it. You go to a zoo, enjoying your day. Which animal would you choose to never see again?

    Unfortunately conservationists have two BIG problems, before they’ve hardly even started:

    • There are 100,000s of plants and animals we haven’t even discovered yet. What if one of THEM is important to save?
    • People tend to want to give money to “cute animals”. The ones that are ugly or scary get ignored. This is a problem zoos have had all along.

    Many people think rhinos are “cute”. I stop and watch them at the zoo, and I bet you do, too. So a lot of people are interested in saving rhinos.

    Are there special reasons rhinos should be saved from an ecological point-of-view? There are a couple “save the rhino” sites out there, but I like this one, which is short and to-the-point: http://drake.marin.k12.ca.us/academics/seadisc/endangeredspecies/2005%20&%202006/Rhino%20Website/whyshouldtheybesaved.htm

    Without citation, but convincingly, the article argues that the rhino is essential to the East African ecology.

    The PBS Nature article (below) is short, and has surprising information.

    What’s a shame about killing rhinos for their horns is that rhinos can actually live quite well without them — the primary reason they’re killed is actually somewhat irrelevant!

    This is one of those rare cases where just education alone might save a species.

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    Because there really rare

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    Anytime a wild species goes extinct, there are bound to be long-term effects on the remaining eco-system at several levels of the chain.  Animals that were once prey to the rhinos have just lost an important natural predator, and these populations may then grow too numerous for their environments.  Due to increased demand for food and resources, other species may be overhunted and feeding grounds may be overgrazed.  A loss of any one species throws off a delicate environmental balance which could take several generations to correct.

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