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Wildlife poaching remains an ever-present threat to the lives of African elephants and rhinos. It is estimated that one African elephant is killed for their ivory every fifteen minutes, and wildlife experts fear that the species could be extinct in twenty years’ time unless stronger efforts are made to combat the ivory trade. Meanwhile, the outlook for rhinos is just as bleak, if not more so.

Nola, one of the last remaining Northern White Rhinos on the planet, passed away last November. With only one male and two females left – each with limited reproductive capacity – it is likely that her species will now die out during her lifetime. They became extinct in the wild back in 2006. The Western Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2013 while the Javan Rhino suffered the same fate in 2011.

The heartbreaking fate of the world’s rhinos has been captured in a single photo. The image was taken by Ami Vitale for National Geographic and shows a newly orphaned rhino being comforted by human caretakers.

He looks as though he barely has the strength to go on.

Heartbreaking Photo of Orphaned Rhino Shows Us That the Fate of This Species is in Our Hands



The heartrending picture of this baby shows us that his fate, and the fate of all other rhinos, truly rests in human hands. The decisions that we make in the coming months and years have the power to determine whether they will be given the chance to flourish once more … or whether they will leave our planet forever. Here are a few examples of how you can help them:

Image source: Ami Vitale