How many species of rhino are there?

All this week we’re raising funds and awareness for Ol Pejeta rhino sanctuary, so please give what you can.


As rhino week starts, it’s time to introduce you to the species of rhino that live across the globe. There are five living species and the largest is the Indian or greater one-horned rhino. It is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list, and lives in fragmented areas of Nepal and south-west China. The critically endangered Sumatran rhino is the smallest, and also the hairiest rhino species. There are fewer than 200 Sumatran rhinos left in the world.



Native to Indonesia, there are around 35 Javan rhinos left in the wild. They have loose skin, which gives the impression that they have armoured plates. Africa is home to both black and white rhinos, both of which live on Ol Pejeta conservancy. These rhinos are under an extremely high threat of extinction from illegal poaching.

All five species of rhino are under threat, so throughout this week we’re spreading the word.


Why not support an armed ranger at Ol Pejeta? The men at the front line risk their lives every day to protect endangered rhinos. Show your support today.




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