Since 1996, the black rhino has been classed as an endangered species due to the fact that they are one of the most valuable animals to poachers who kill them and then sell their horns. Despite the fact that many organisations and charities are working hard to turn things around for the black rhino and protect them whilst increasing their populations it requires a lot of money and work if the population of black rhinos is even to rise by a fraction. Nowadays, there are only about 5,000 black rhinos left and although this number is small, in 1993, there were under 2,500 left after a huge poaching epidemic. This shows how although it is taking a long time, wildlife organisations are helping the black rhino to increase its numbers, partly by educating against poaching but mainly by protecting the remaining black rhinos by working with local governments and communities. The rhino is one of the oldest groups of mammals and they are vital for creating land for conservation which means that their existence aids other animals who are in need of protection from environmental factors. It is essential that we all realise the importance of the black rhino and support these organisations that work so tirelessly to aid them.