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Save the Rhinos by Cynpai Save the Rhinos by Cynpai
One of the world's most endangered animals, and a personal favorite of mine. :heart:

Rhinoceros (Family: Rhinocerotidae)

White Rhinoceros by Princess.Tilly, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Northern White Rhinoceros by Sheep81, public domain
Sumatran Rhino by Ltshears, CC BY-SA 3.0
Black Rhinoceros by Yoky, CC BY-SA 3.0
Eastern Black Rhinoceros by Jan Arkesteijn, public domain
Javan Rhinoceros by T. Dixon, public domain


Species & Subspecies

Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
Status/Trend/Population (2008): Near Threatened Up Arrow 17,460 wild individuals
Threats: Poaching driven by demand for ineffective traditional medicines

Northern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni)
Status/Trend/Population (2011): Critically Endangered Down Arrow Five left in captivity worldwide; all females; wild population believed to be extinct
Threats: Rampant poaching sealed the fate of the Northern White. The only threat to it's survival now lies within trying to save it. The only way to save the remaining Northern White is to inter-breed them with the Southern White, which will render the subspecies extinct. So far, all attempts to breed the remaining captive population have failed.

Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)
Status/Trend/Population (2008): Critically Endangered Down Arrow Just over 20 captive individuals, 220-275 individuals worldwide
Threats: Poaching driven by demand for ineffective traditional medicines; reduced genetic diversity

Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)
Threats: Poaching driven by demand for ineffective traditional medicines and ceremonial daggers
Eastern Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli)
Status/Trend/Population (2011): Critically Endangered Up Arrow 740 wild individuals on the continent of Africa

South-Central Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis minor) (Not pictured)
Status/Trend/Population (2011): Critically Endangered Up Arrow 2,200 wild individuals

South-Western Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis occidentalis) (Not pictured)
Status/Trend/Population (2010): Vulnerable Up Arrow 1,920 wild individuals

Western Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis longipes) (Not pictured)
Status (2011): Extinct - Poaching

Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
Status/Trend/Population (2007): Vulnerable Up Arrow 2,575 wild individuals
Threats: Poaching driven by demand for ineffective traditional medicines; habitat loss and degradation; invasive vegetation

Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus)
Threats: Poaching driven by demand for ineffective traditional medicines; inbreeding
Indonesian Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus)
Status/Trend/Population (2008):
Critically Endangered teeny bouncing blue question mark 40 wild individuals. The Indonesian Javan is the only surviving subspecies of Javan rhinos left, and if immediate and effective conservation actions are not taken, will likely not survive the next century

Vietnamese Javan Rhinoceros (
Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus)
Status (2011): Extinct - Poaching
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015   General Artist
Now all we need to do is to educate Chinese people and tell them that rhino horns don't give you boners Stare .
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Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The western black rhinoceros is extinct. :(
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that's why it's labeled "EX."
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KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Lol fuck "save the wolves". THIS is an animal that's actually endangered.
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WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful stamp! :)
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:jawdrop: 7?! 7 Northern White Rhinoceros left on the planet?! I had no clue this had gotten this bad.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that is as of 2011. Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya owns four, and has the only known breeding pair, so the number may have changed. Given their success rate with breeding Black rhinos, I'm hoping that they can at least begin to pull the species back from extinction, because this is really their last chance.
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hope so, as well.
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Game-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Poaching driven by demand for ineffective traditional medicines.

This here is really starting to piss me off. First bear bile farming for useless traditional medicines and the like, now I'm learning that it's really not all that uncommon in other species.

Do people just not care at all?

Thank you for informing me of this.
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a3dkid Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Discounting the West Black Rhino, the news that the overall population of Black rhinos increasing is wonderful news.
Considering the bleak status usually associated with Rhinos.

As an Indonesian though, a little part of me died a little reading this. Can't believe that the other rhino species, the Sumatran rhino is actually declining. We're already on the brink of losing one native rhino, why both? I kind of feel a little helpless...
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Teaching locals the value of the rhino, and debunking the medical myths surrounding its horn is critical to its survival. That alone can make a world of difference. Donating your money or time to a rhino conservation group is the next step.
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a3dkid Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Thanks! I'll find a way as best as I can, hopefully I can find a place here in Jakarta that helps conservation. Though I have to be careful, corruption here is infamous... Many a donation site is used to bribe politicians and locals. But I must believe! School also provides ways we can help on issues, it promotes community service. Maybe I can convince them to start a group that raises wildlife awareness.
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slowusaurus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I just died a little while reading the description.
Rhinos are my favorite animals and I'm disappointed that people these days don't care about them.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love, love, love rhinos. Not my favorite, but they have a special place in my heart for reasons I'm not even sure of. Last year was just devastating losing two subspecies. :/
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GalacticMuhrine Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I remember growing up as a young boy, and reading about T.R.'s wilderness achievements. The one I always dreamed most of emulating was of hunting a mighty African rhinoceros bull, alone, with nothing but a big side-by-side.

Alas, I will likely never get such a chance, and even if I did I don't think I could bring myself to do it.

I wish the Earth's megafauna hadn't become so scarce.
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Deranged-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its such a shame that the majority of people don't bother worrying about a problem such as this since it doesn't affect their lives in any way.
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FatallyInvisible Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know Rhinos were endangered. :/
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:iconcynpai:
Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are very much so. We lost two subspecies in 2011, and another is likely to go extinct within the next century. :C
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FatallyInvisible Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That really sucks. D: I'm a serious animal rights activist so it's kinda surprising that I haven't found out sooner. :c
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Wow, I didn't even know that rhinos were endangered. Thanks for making this stamp!
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what medicines do these rhinos make?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's their horns. The horns are made of the same material as our fingernails, and have the same health benefits--none. The "medicines" they go into are supposed to cure things like fevers, low libido, and other things that can be helped through other, artificial means with modern medicine.
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhhhh okay. If it's the same material they should pull off their own finger nails. Ah well. This is due to ignorance and the perception of reality. I just hope people start to get educated real soon.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If they don't, the rhinos are in some serious trouble. Not that they already aren't in serious trouble.
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pieladyUSA Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's sad that a lot of these animals you spread awareness about are being killed off due to poverty and/or ignorance (as with ineffective medicine or irrational fear).
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really is. Medicine isn't worth losing something forever.
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pieladyUSA Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally think a lot of these problems would be solved if the general populace of the area the animal lives in are educated and provided with better options. But that's just my own theory, and I have yet to study more into it to make it something more useful.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Education of the people these animals coexist with is absolutely the key. They may not understand that "oh, you know, there's only so many of these animals left, so please don't kill them." That, and they may not understand that there really aren't that many health benefits to the products they collect from the animals. I'm sure if more people knew just how useless things like bear bile, tiger testicles, and rhino horns were, demand would plummet.
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thanks for letting me know all this. By the way I wanna ask why are people so careless to drive these animals to extection? You's think in the 21st century people would know better.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The belief that "traditional" medicine is a cure-all for things like cancer, male infertility, fevers, and the like. Tigers, bears, rhinos, and so many more are subject to the all-natural medicine craze in the East, and suffer greatly for it.
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Sad. As you once said just because it's natrual doesn't mean it's good. By the way who said that and started that craze? Things like this always start with someone.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, hon, that was :defsulfide: that said that, lol.

You know, I'm not sure. I don't think it would be a single individual, though.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sulfide *

Woops!
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
That's true.
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Scholart33 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Great, you can make conscience about these animals and the world. I would give a thumb up but I don´t know how to.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
: thumbsup : without the spaces = :thumbsup:

Thank you! c:
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Scholart33 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
You´re welcome, and better earlier than later. :thumbsup:
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