The white rhino isn’t actually white. The ‘white’ label comes from the Dutch word ‘wijd’ which means 'wide' and refers to the animal’s mouth. There are only two northern white rhino left in the wild, both female, thus making the northern white rhino essentially extinct in the wild. Fortunately the southern white rhino is doing better with an increasing population.
One of the main threats to the population is illegal hunting for the international rhino horn trade. Rhino horn has two main uses: traditional use in Chinese medicine, and ornamental use. For example, rhino horn is a highly prized material for making ornately carved handles for ceremonial daggers (jambiyas) worn in some Middle East countries.
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