There are only about 20,000 white rhinos left in the world, according to Save The Rhino International, and poaching takes more and more lives every year.
South Africa is where most of the rhinos are slaughtered, but 2015 saw a slight decline in poaching for the first time since 2008, National Geographic reported. The numbers are still devastating. A total of 1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa last year, compared to 1,215 in 2014.
"For Africa as a whole, this is the worst year in decades for rhino poaching," said Tom Milliken, elephant and rhino program leader at TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, in a press release. "The poaching epicenter has spread to neighbouring Namibia and Zimbabwe, but is nowhere near being extinguished in South Africa: despite some commendable efforts being made, we're still a very long way from seeing the light at the end of this very dark tunnel."