Africa is home to both black and white rhinos, though these names are misleading as both are actually grey.
Wildlife trafficking remains a pervasive threat to rhinos, and increasingly to other species such as elephants and lions which bring tourists and jobs to our important protected areas. These crimes also affect people living around our parks by exposing them to criminals connected to international trafficking syndicates.
Rhinos share their habitat with a multitude of other plant and animal species. The protection of rhinos also helps protect the ecosystems on which they depend, as well as other species, including elephants, buffalo, large carnivores, and antelopes that share their habitat.
We need your support to create a future for people and nature
Make a symbolic adoption of a rhino today to show your care and love for nature.
What is WWF doing?
WWF has been involved in species conservation and addressing the threats to wildlife since the 1960s. Our influence in wildlife conservation policies assists in balancing environmental goals against social, political and economic needs. WWF works to curb poaching by implementing innovative technology and building the capacity of government and community rangers on the ground. We also tackle illegal trade of—and demand for—rhino horn through advocacy and strengthening of local and international law enforcement to bring trafficking perpetrators to justice.
Through our Black Rhino Range Expansion Programme (BRREP) we establish new rhino populations and move rhinos from risk areas to safe havens.
How does the symbolic adoption work?
First of all: thank you. You’re choosing something different. This is not a normal gift. This is a special gift because it will help protect the beautiful and fragile nature that surrounds us.
This is a perfect gift for animal lovers, environmentalists or simply people with a big heart.
What you get
A digital symbolic adoption certificate.
A beautiful digital photograph.
An optional soft toy to love forever. *Toy may vary from image shown.
We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work including sending you adoption updates two to three times a year.
Did you know?
The illegal trade in wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horn is the fourth largest global crime.
South Africa is home to 19 000 white rhinos and 2 000 black rhino.
The increase in human populations leads to shrinking living space for rhinos.
There are 5 species of rhino.