I chose option E, "We must save our rhinos because it is the right thing to do."
-Rhinos are critically endangered
At the turn of the 19th century, there were approximately one million rhinos. In 1970, there were around 70,000. Today, there are only around 28,000 rhinos surviving in the wild. Three of the five species of rhino are “Critically Endangered” as defined by the IUCN.
-In 2014, some of us are lucky enough to be able to travel to Africa and Asia to see them in the wild.
-Rhinos have been around for 40 million years
Rhinos have been an important part of a wide range of ecosystems for millions of years; we must not let them join the dodo in extinction.
-Humans have caused the drastic decline in numbers.
-Poachers kill rhinos for the price they can get for the horns (used for traditional Chinese medicine, for high-status gifts in Vietnam and for quack cures invented by criminal syndicates to drive up demand); land encroachment, illegal logging and pollution are destroying their habitat; and political conflicts adversely affect conservation programmes.
-Rhinos are an umbrella species;
When protecting and managing a rhino population, rangers and scientists take in account all the other species interacting with rhinos and those sharing the same habitat. When rhinos are protected, many other species are too; not only mammals but also birds, reptiles, fish and insects as well as plants.
-Rhinos are charismatic mega-herbivores!
By focusing on a well-known animal such as a rhino (or, to use the jargon, a charismatic mega-herbivore), we can raise more money and consequently support more conservation programmes benefiting animal and plant species sharing their habitat.
-Rhinos attract visitors and tourists;
Rhinos are the second-biggest living land mammals after the elephants. In the wild, rhinos attract tourists who bring money to national parks and local communities.
-Money funds effective conservation programmes that save