The Northern White Rhino

Ceratotherium simum cottoni

Biological Information

Date of Discovery-1908

Location/Habitat- Tropical and subtropical savannas of Sub-Saharan Africa

Behavior- Can reach top speeds of 28 km/h (50 m/h)

Semi-territorial; less aggressive than the black rhino

Males are solitary, but may share territory with other males

Females are much more social than their male counterparts


A Small Bunch Left

Population- 3 left in captivity

Cause of Extinction- Poaching, Lack of Conservation Efforts due to local conflict

Chance of Re-population- Slim to Impossible, due to the fact the the last 3 rhinos are unable to breed.

Effects of Extinction- Smaller ivory trade

Why are Rhinos Dying Out so Fast?

The answer to this question is simple, a growing demand for ivory. Rhinos horns are made of ivory, which has become more valuable in recent years, especially among the growing middle-class in a developing China. This has led to the mass slaughter of hundreds of thousands of rhinos across Africa and Southern Asia. Some have even sneaked into wildlife reserves to target rhino horns. Even though governments have cracked down on the illegal ivory trade and the black market coming out of Africa, poachers will risk their freedom and even their lives in the hopes of becoming wealthier.

Conservation Efforts

Works Cited


"Northern White Rhinos Guarded as 1 Male Left Worldwide - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.


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