The rhinoceros is one of the most endangered mammals on Earth. Weighing as much as a minibus this gentle herbivore is often thought to be a solitary and aggressive animal. Recent research has shown us that this is not true, rhinos are very sociable and often gather at water holes at night, greeting each other with gentle puffs from their nose!
Sadly, many people believe that rhino horn, when made into a powder, can cure a number of illnesses including cancer. This is NOT true. Rhino horn is made of keratin, the same material that our fingernails and hair are made of. However, the myth persists and in 2012 over 650 rhino were illegally killed in South Africa for their horn. The war against the poachers and the illegal trade is at an all-time high. If we are to save the rhino we need to act quickly.