Ceratotherium – White Rhinoceros
White with a dark future! Victim of the myths, it is the biggest of the five rhino species
It has never been white; it is simply a misnomer!
This species is categorized as Near Threatened due to the high poaching threat and involvement of organized international crime syndicates in satiating a demand for illegal horn in SE Asia (particularly Viet Nam and China).
The Northern (NWR) and Southern (SWR), two subspecies of the White Rhino, once roamed most of sub-Saharan Africa, but now their distribution is incredibly patchy.
The SWR had only one small population (20–50 animals) by the end of the 19th century, but with conservation efforts, they are currently thriving again. Poaching has driven the NWR to extinction in the wild, with only two females remaining.