Factsheet: Asian Rhinoceros
These animals are among the world's most endangered, with one species numbering only around 60 individuals. Throughout their range, their habitat continues to dwindle fast due to illegal logging and other human pressures, and the threat of poaching is ever-present.
WWF considers the three Asian rhino species as 'flagships' - that is, charismatic representatives of the biodiversity of the complex ecosystems they inhabit. Conserving the rhinos and their habitat will also help many other species.
WWF has been working on rhino conservation for over four decades. In 1998, WWF created the Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS) out of recognition that conservation success will only be possible through a wide-ranging approach that goes beyond protecting isolated areas and addresses issues of land-use practices.