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 an estimated 20,000 white rhino in the wild.
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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