Endangered Black Rhinos Meet in a Standoff in a Field in Namibia
Photo by Lawrence Smith (Mission Viejo, CA); Photographed March 2011
The black rhinos' horns make the animals lucrative targets for illegal traders. Rhino horns are highly prized commodities in Asia where they are used both for ornamentation and traditional medicine. Between 1970 and 1992, 96 percent of the remaining black rhino population in Africa was killed, according to the WWF. In 2010, 333 rhinos were killed in South Africa for their horns—almost one every day.
Status: Critically Endangered