Rhinocerotidae – Rhinos
Once roamed throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, now rhinos are some of the most endangered land mammals
Characterized by the presence of a nose horn, these pre-historic heavyweight were once numerous and widespread across the grasslands, savannas, and shrublands of Africa and Southeast Asia.
Today their range has been significantly decreased and fragmented, adding to several other man-made threats, with poaching topping the list.
As few as 29,000 rhinos belonging to five different species remain in the wild today: three species are considered Critically endangered.
On 19 March 2018, we lost one subspecies, the northern white rhino, as the last male died, leaving only two surviving individuals in the world, both females!
Genera in this family
The genus of unicorn rhinos from Asia, swinging on the edge of existence
White with a dark future! Victim of the myths, it is the biggest of the five rhino species
The only Asian rhino with two horns is the world’s smallest rhino
With 3 out of 8 subspecies have been declared extinct, illegal poaching puts these hooked upper lip rhinos in danger
Unearthing the giants of the ice age: the prehistoric rhinoceros that once roamed the frozen frontiers of the past
The colossal rhinoceros that shared its existence with early modern humans