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Rhino Resource Center

 The Rhino Resource Center is the world’s best source of information about rhino conservation, research, veterinary medicine, and husbandry worldwide. The Rhino Resource Center collects all known publications and maintains archives on all published work on rhinoceros. Search the Rhino Resource Center for everything you ever wanted to know about rhinos - information, photos, and links to other rhino websites!


IUCN Species Survival Commission 
African Rhino Specialist Group

(IUCN Species Survival Commission)

The African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG), like its counterpart in the Asian Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG) is among the 100+ Specialist Groups in the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of IUCN - The World Conservation Union. Both the AfRSG and AsRSG have developed Action Plans for conservation of rhino species in their regions. These action plans provide very specific recommendations and propose detailed projects with the goal of ensuring survival and recovery of all rhino species and subspecies. The AfRSG is based at the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service in South Africa where Chairman Dr. Michael Knight and Scientific Officer Dr. Richard Emslie are located.  . 

Asian Rhino Specialist Group
(IUCN Species Survival Commission)

The Asian Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG) was formed within the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) at its Bangkok meeting in 1979. Professor Ruedi Schenkel was the first AsRSG chair. He advocated strongly for preparation of Asian Rhino Conservation Plan for range countries. Since 1982, numerous meetings of the AsRSG have been held. The Asian Rhino Action Plan was published in 1989, edited by then-AsRSG chair Mohd Khan bin Momin Khan. This action plan was refined in the updated, “Asian Rhinos Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan” edited by Dr. Thomas J. Foose and Dr. Nico van Strien in 1997. 

Rhino Husbandry Manual

The International Rhino Foundation has just released a new Rhino Husbandry Manual to guide health, nutrition, training, enrichment, exhibit design, and behavior management for rhinos in managed breeding situations.  The manual provides a single source for guidance on management for all five rhino species now present in breeding centers: black, white, greater one-horned and Sumatran rhinos.More than 300 pages with 26 contributing authors, including members of the AZA Rhino Advisory Group, the Rhino Husbandry Manual is the “go to” document for all questions about rhino care.  It is an invaluable resource for keepers, curators and zoo directors.  The Rhino Husbandry Manual can be downloaded at  Each section can be accessed with one quick click from the bookmark list when the file is opened in Acrobat Reader.  Several important supplementary documents referenced in the Manual are hyperlinked for easy downloads.