It is no secret that there are many animals in the world that are on the verge of becoming extinct. This may be due to climate change or environmental changes, but the most heartbreaking reason an animal becomes extinct is due to poaching. The definition of poaching is, “Illegally hunt or catch (game or fish) on land that is not one’s own, or in contravention of official protection.” The rhino species has been around for at least 50 million years and dates back to the Eocene period. But did you know that some species of rhino are about to become extinct due to poaching? This is the case for the Northern White Rhino. Poaching rhinos for the use of their horns and ivory has gotten so bad that it’s often compared to the drug cartels and arms dealers.
At first, it seems these armed gunman may be causing more harm than good, but you’ll see why they are playing a very important part in keeping the last male Northern White Rhino safe.
It’s rumored that the rhino horn will make you look younger and also cure diseases. None of this has been proven.
Because the horns are so rare and sought after, they can go for up to $30,000 per pound.
If they are caught, poachers can get up to 25 years in prison. The big part is IF they are caught. Oftentimes there are too many poachers and not enough law enforcement to catch them and bring them to justice.
Because the Northern White Rhino is so close to being on the brink of extinction, the last male rhino of this species is actually being guarded by armed gunmen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The last male Northern White Rhino is named Sudan. He is the last male of this species that is on our entire planet! He is currently being taken care of and fed by his caretaker, Ol Pejeta.
Sudan is currently living at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. There are also two female Northern White Rhinos at this conservancy. The Northern White Rhino is so close to being extinct that there are only a total of 5 of them left on this planet, with 3 of them being taken care of at teh Ol Pejeta Conservancy. There was a large surge in poaching in the 1960s and this was the beginning of the end for this species. The cost of rhino horns continues to rise with poachers being able to get around $75,000 for about 2.2 pounds of rhino horn.