White Rhino Threats
have few predators other than humans. Lions, hyenas and leopards
will sometimes kill white rhino calves, but rarely will they take
down healthy adults. There have been specific prides of lions that
have learned how to take down larger species like white rhino or
buffalo, but that is uncommon.
encroachment is another threat to white rhino populations. As humans
expand their living spaces and farming areas, natural areas such as
national parks decrease in size, which lead to greater threats to
security as well as larger population densities. Larger population
densities mean more animals competing for the same food, water
sources, and mates, which can lead to an increase in fighting.
significant threat to white rhinos is poaching. Humans poach white
rhino for their horns, which are used in traditional medicine or to
convey status in certain parts of Asia. Because of their population
size, physical size, social structure, and preference for
grasslands, white rhino are often more accessible than black rhino
and therefore more likely targets for poachers. In the past 12
years, rhino poaching has increased in South Africa from 7
individuals in 2000 to 668 individuals in 2012.