Of the five species of rhino on the planet, three of them are critically endangered: the black rhino, the sumatran rhino, and the javan rhino. Rhinos play an important role in their countries; they bring in large amounts of income from tourism and are vital to the ecosystem. In fact, their dung supports fly, beetle and fungus species, keeping the African plains healthy!
The main factor causing the decline of the rhino population is poaching. Rhinos are poached for their horns because they are believed to have medicinal properties in some countries. The poaching has increased due to the immense reward poachers can obtain for the horns, especially since many of these poachers are impoverished. Instability and war in the regions where the black rhino resides makes conservation efforts difficult.
We must do what we can to save all five species of rhinos. Project Peril is committed to working with the best non-profits in Africa devoted to ending poaching entirely, protecting rhino habitat, and raising local awareness to the issue.
Your help is needed URGENTLY! Your donation will go to Project Peril, a GreaterGood.org program to help save the rhinos.
About Project Peril:
Project Peril is a new program of GreaterGood.org to protect the world’s most threatened species. Whether tall like a giraffe or small like a bee, all life deserves a fighting chance in a world increasingly threatened by human influences. Project Peril identifies these key species on the brink of extinction and helps fund groups doing the best work to save these species around the world.
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