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Poaching is a huge threat to the survival of rhinos and it is estimated there are only around 28,000 rhinos left in the wild. Defra’s If They’re Gone… campaign is supporting World Rhino Day (22 September) which celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, White, Greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
The If They’re Gone… campaign launched in March 2013, involves more than 20 organisations from key wildlife groups, zoos and safari parks. The campaign aims to raise awareness and highlight the threats to rhinos along with three other iconic endangered species tigers, elephants and orangutans.
The campaign calls on the public to:
think before you buy anything that could be made from or contain body parts of endangered species
ask where products have come from and if they have been produced sustainably
get involved and support wildlife conservation programmes
spread the word - tell your friends and family about tigers, rhinos, elephants and orangutans and how important it is to help protect them
report any suspicious activity concerning the buying and selling of wildlife products to your local police