Dangers to rhinos

Kalman, Bobbie
January 2004
Endangered Rhinoceros;2004, p24
This article focuses on the threats to rhinoceros species. Fewer rhinos are born, but the main reason rhinos are endangered is that they are being killed by poachers. Poachers are hunters who kill wild animals illegally and sell parts of their bodies. Rhinoceros are killed mainly for their horns. Rhino horns are used to make dagger handles. A dagger is a symbol of wealth and power in the country of Yemen. Rhino horns are also ground up to make medicine. The human population is increasing everywhere in the world each year. Like animals, people need food. To survive, they are cutting down trees and growing crops where wild plants once grew. They also raise animals such as cattle in the areas they clear. Ruining wilderness areas where wild animals get fresh water and food is called habitat destruction. When the plants in areas where rhinoceros live are destroyed, rhinos must compete with people and cattle for food.


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