Rhinoceros may be extinct by the end of this decade if their poaching keeps up the current pace, experts warn. The poaching of black and white rhinos has soared in the last six years. There are just 20,000 white rhinos and 5,000 black rhinos in the wild. If poaching contunues at the present rate, it will be devastating, says Will Travers, CEO of the Born Free Foundation.
There will probably be no free-living rhinos left as the surviving ones will be kept in heavily guarded enclosures. Criminal gangs rake millions of pounds a year by hacking them to death for their horns, which are used as traditional medicine in the Far East to treat hangovers.