Hello everyone, I am up to the letter W and this week I am featuring an animal I nearly made for the letter R but for some reason I made a Red Panda instead, thankfully I get a chance to feature it this week, it is a species of Rhino, the White Rhino. 

White Rhinos are not white, the word white comes from the German word for wide which references the animal's muzzle, they have a very square top lip. Rhinos are the words second largest land animal and the White Rhino is the largest of all the rhinos weighing in at 2.3 tons and are a massive 4 metres in length, that means they are about as big as a car and they weigh twice as much. 

The White Rhino can be divided into 2 categories, the Southern White Rhino and (no prizes for guessing) the Northern White Rhino. The Northern lives in central Africa and the Southern lives mainly across the southern parts of Africa. Back in the late 1800s the Southern White Rhino was thought to be extinct however a small population of just 100 Rhinos were discovered, with so few of these rhinos left it was decided that they needed to be protected and managed, over the next 100 years the population slowly grew and eventually the animal moved from the Endangered category into the Near Threatened category, there are now over 20,000 of these amazing animals in the wild and the numbers are continuing to grow.

Rhinos are threatened by a whole host of things, loss of habitat and poaching being the main two. The WWF is taking a very active role in helping to protect rhinos by helping to strengthen local law enforcements to protect the rhinos from poaching. The WWF is also taking an active role in monitoring the rhinos and the movements of the poachers, using rhino horn DNA analysis (RhoDIS) they are able to get a better understanding into where and how the illegal trading of rhino horn is taking place, it also helps bring the criminals to justice for their crimes against rhinos.

To find out more about the work the WWF is doing to help rhinos check out this website - https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/white-rhino

I have just 3 more animals to go before I bring my project to an end, I am STILL collecting money for the WWF, I would be so happy for any donations no matter how small, every penny makes a difference to help the WWF with their work and my just giving page is both safe and secure - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

Every donation you make to my Just giving page helps save another endangered species, it also helps make a balloon man smile.