#WildlifeWednesday: Protect our White Rhino

Cape Town - In honour of World Rhino Day, our pick for #WildlifeWednesday this week is the vulnerable White Rhino.

The White Rhino is the second biggest animal in Africa, and although they are not as vulnerable as their black cousin, they are still in serious danger of poaching for their horns.

They are grazers and love their grass, and mark their grazing territories with dung heaps and spraying urine. They also use these dung heaps for communication.

SEE: How SA's Rhino Peak Challenge and Botswana's 'Rapid Reference Guide' helps endangered species

 The southern white rhino was almost extinct a hundred years ago, but conservation efforts managed to bring it back from the brink through the KZN Parks Board, now Ezemvelo.

Unfortunately the northern white rhino is close to extinction, with the last male trying to get attention on Tinder! Named Sudan, he is protected 24/7 in Kenya by armed guards along with the last two females.

22 September is World Rhino Day, which celebrates all five rhino species in the world. Show your support on social media.

What to read next on Traveller24

#WildlifeWednesday: The thumping giants of the wild 

#WildlifeWednesday: The high-flying Cape Gannet 

#WildlifeWednesday: You really shouldn't mess with an ostrich!

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