Greater One-Horned Rhino Captivity

Rhinos are being poached at an alarming rate.  In South Africa alone, more than one rhino a day is being illegally killed for her/his horn.  With a rate like this, one can’t help but wonder if rhinos will be alive in the wild in a hundred, fifty, or even twenty years.  When rhinos are being killed in Africa and Asia and the market for their horn is driven by Asia, someone in the United States might wonder, “What can I do to help?”

When visiting foreign countries, it is important to educate yourself about the souvenirs and other items you buy…statues, carvings and jewelry can be made from horns, tusks, bones or other body parts of animals or trees, including endangered species.  Know what you are buying and where it came from.  Encourage other travelers to make educated choices.  Ask similar questions when learning about traditional medicine.  Many “remedies” come from animals and plants that are killed for that purpose and might not help the problem at all.

Even if you have no plans to travel abroad, you can help save rhinos by raising awareness and educating others about the threats to the species.  Social media is a fast and easy way to expose a lot of people to conservation issues or organizations that they might not be familiar with.  Fundraising for organizations such as Save the Rhino International ( or the International Rhino Foundation ( is another great way to be active in rhino conservation and if you aren’t sure where to start, each of them lists some great ideas on their website.







Content provided by Canisius College students under the direction of Michael Noonan, PhD.