Facts and Fiction About the Rhinoceros

Fact:  A rhino needs its horn to survive in the wild!

Fiction: Rhino horn has medicinal value!

Fact: Our generation is responsible for the extinction of the Javan and Western Black Rhino!

Fiction: Rhino can be farmed like cattle to meet the black market demand of Asia.

Fact: The rhino is an 'umbrella' species mega herbivore vital to the health of the ecosystem!

Fiction: Legalizing trade in rhino horn will deter poaching.

Fact: No endangered species should be treated like a commodity! (OK, this one is an opinion!)

White Rhino

Ceratotherium simum

Black Rhino

Diceros bicornis

Sumatran Rhino

Dicerorhinus sumatrensis

Indian Rhino

Rhinoceros unicornis​

Javan Rhino

Rhinoceros sondaicus

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Recommended Reading

(Titles in Orange Represent Tom's Personal Favorites)

A Game Ranger Remembers, Bruce Bryden 

Africa - Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, Richard Dowden

African Dawn, Tony Park African Elephants, Daryl and Sharna Balfour 

Among the Elephants, Ian & Oria Douglas-Hamilton 

Bongi's Quest, Chris Daniel 

Dust Diaries, Owen Shears 

Elephant Memories, Cynthia Moss 

Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us about Humanity, GA Bradshaw 

Game Ranger in Your Backpack, Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad 

Horn of Darkness Carol Cunningham, Joel Berger 

Killing for Profit, Julian Rademayer 

King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild 

Lost World of the Kalahari, Larens Van Der Post Mahlangeni Kobie Druger 

Memories of a Game Ranger, Harry Wolhuter 

My Life With Elephants, Daphne Sheldrick 

Operation Rhino, John Gordon Davis 

Poached (ebook), Dr. William Fowlds 

Rhinos Belong to Everybody, Bernhard Grzimek 

Sand Rivers, Peter Mathiessen and Hugo van Lawick 

Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall 

The Biography of a Continent, John Reader 

The Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony 

The Elephants of Southern Africa, Anthony Hall-Martin 

The Eye of the Elephant, Delia and Mark Owens 

The Last Elephant, Jeremy Gavron 

The Last Rhino, Lawrence Anthony 

The Man Eaters of Tsavo and Other East African Adventures, J.H. Patterson 

The Rhino Keepers, Clive and Anton Walker 

The Scramble for Africa, Thomas Packenham 

The Shackled Continent, Robert Guest 

The State of Africa, Martin Meredith 

The Story of Life and the Environment - An African Perspective, Jo van As, Johann du Preez, Leslie Brown, and Nico Smit 

The White Rhino Saga, Ian Player 

Venture into the Interior, Larens Van Der Post 

Zulu Wilderness, Ian Player