In honor of World Rhino Day (one of the most critically endangered species on Earth.), I thought I’d share a few photos from my recent family vacation to Disney World. We visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom the day before Hurricane Irma impacted most of Florida. I was particularly excited about going to this park. Not, just to photograph animals and birds. But to be in the presence of many critically endangered animals, and learn more about what conservations efforts are being done to keep them from just becoming Zoo trophies. I was happy to learn that Disney invests a great deal in conservation and preserving animals natural habitats. They also do a great job on educating people on conservation efforts, through exhibits and hands on learning.
Back to the Black Rhinoceros. There are less than 5400 Black Rhinos left in the world, which makes them a CRITICALLY ENDANGERED species. And even worse, the West African Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2016 after not being seen in the wild in over a decade. Their decline in population was caused by European hunters in the 1850s, and more recently due to recent illegal trade. You can find more information here at WWE. And check out more about World Rhino Day here.
Also, picture above is another endangered species, the Western Lowland Gorilla. Their population has declined 60% in the last 20 years do to deforestation and hunting. Read more about them here.