Getting serious about preserving rhinos entails international cooperation. The first step is to set a definitive standard which all countries can and will be responsible for.
The way to do this is through CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). CITES is an international agreement between participating countries that sets the standard to regulate wildlife imports and exports among them.
The group meets once every 3 years in different countries to discuss varying proposals. This year, in September they will meet in South Africa.
Depending on their level of vulnerability, species are listed in three categories called Appendices. Appendix I is the most vulnerable (threatened with extinction) and Appendix III is the least vulnerable.
Black rhinos are listed under Appendix I, but white rhinos are listed under Appendix II (for the exclusive purpose of allowing international trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations and hunting trophies).
Conservationists are advocating for CITES to upgrade ALL rhinos to Appendix I.
What this will accomplish is to make it illegal to transport rhinos out of the country; ending the trade debate, as well as the majority of trophy hunting of rhinos.
As the rate of poaching continues unabated, it only seems logical to offer them the utmost protection on an international level. Please read and sign the following petition to ask the head of CITES to make this a priority.