Rhinos have few predators other than man.
True! Because of their size, tough hide and fierce defenses, adults are largely left alone. Just as for baby elephants, though, crocodiles, tigers and hyenas are a danger to little rhinos.
Rhinos are fast.
True! Don't be deceived by their big bodies and short legs: Rhinos can zip by you at 25-30 mph, but that's not much of a defense if a hunter sneaks up with a rifle.
Today, commercial poachers use helicopters to spot rhinos and then high-powered rifles and tranquilizer darts to bring them down. The killers land, run in with chainsaws to quickly hack off the horns, and then fly away, leaving the animals to die a slow, painful death from hemorrhage, infection and scavenging.
This process takes poachers less than 10 minutes, so you can imagine how many rhinos can be killed in a single day. Rhino poaching is increasing every year and in 2014 more than 1200 rhinos will lose their lives for their horns. In 10 years there will be no more rhinos if poaching isn't stopped now.