Rhinos have existed on Earth for more than 50 million years and have a glorious history. In the past, rhinos were much more diverse and widespread (occurring in North America and Europe as well as in Africa and Asia).

Today, only five species of rhino survive. These five species are further divided into 11 identified subspecies. All rhinos are under threat of, and all but one species is on the verge of, extinction. Without drastic action, some rhinos could be extinct in the wild within the next 10-20 years. Only about 25,000 of these marvellous creatures survive in the wild with another 1,250 in captivity. Of these rhinos, more than two thirds are white rhinos. There are only around 7,300 of the other four species combined. Best current population estimates are:
The rhino ‘horn’ is not a real horn but thickly matted hair, consisting of Keratin, the same chemical
substance that our finger nails and hair are made of. If a rhinos horn is broken off, it will grow back again. A rhinos horn grows all through its lifetime and grows at a rate of 1 – 3 inches per year, the longest recorded rhino horn is 5 feet long.
Unfortunately, rhinos are a severely endangered species. Rhinos have been on the brink of extinction numerous times. This is mainly from humans. Humans seem to be the rhinos only predator. The rhino is poached and hunted mostly for its horn. In Asian countries they use the horns for alternative medicines, ornaments and other really unnecessary things. In 1984, the rhino population was so low it was feared they would be wiped out altogether. Thanks to their rescuers who gave the remaining rhinos sanctuary in reserves and safe haven farms, they were allowed to increase their numbers and be re-introduced. But the upsurge of poaching of late has made conservationist concerned for the safety of the rhino population once more.

Watercolour sketch of a white Rhino painted with w/n watercolour paints on ‘prime art’ 300gsm paper

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Comments

  • artsmitten
    artsmittenalmost 4 years ago

    and this beautiful ..they are amazing animals .. i’ve spent hours in waiting to capture just few click of baby rhino :)

  • Thank you artsmitten. They are wonderful specially now that they are in such danger if becoming endangered. The baby’s are just the cutest!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    A beautiful painting Debbie!

  • Sweet of you, Thank you Elizabeth!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous painting Debbie ! Love the tones you have used on this

  • Corinne, I appreciate your lovely comment. I really battled to get the tones right in this.

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunteralmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Debbie!

  • Thank you Istvan! :)

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    So beautiful, Debbie. I just love your work!

  • Glad you like him Marsha! Thank you!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    14 Jan 2011 – 2 Day

  • :)

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersalmost 4 years ago

    Wow! I love the amazing color you used in defining this subject! There is so much amazing textural character here! Great work!

  • Hi Ken, Thank you! Wait till you see the next one!!! OMW!!!!! Colours and textures galore! Pity this was small!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 4 years ago

    Made me want to jump out of the way. Very nicely done Debbie.

  • Ha ha Jim! I wouldn’t want to be in his path either. Thank you for your lovely words!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Magaret Meintjes
  • Oh Wow, Thank you millions Maggie!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

  • The honour is mine Elizabeth, thank you!

    – Debbie Schiff

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