Before the 18th century, over 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia. By 1970, rhino numbers dropped to 70,000, and today, around 27,000 rhinos remain in the wild. Very few rhinos survive outside of national parks and reserves due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over many decades. On top of that, the 2020 global Living Planet Index shows an average 68% fall in monitored vertebrate species populations between 1970 and 2016.