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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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Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The western black rhinoceros is extinct. :(
Cynpai Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, that's why it's labeled "EX."
KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Lol fuck "save the wolves". THIS is an animal that's actually endangered.
WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful stamp! :)
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.
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.
nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hope so, as well.
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.
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...
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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