Rhinoceros like all animals exist within an ecosystem.  An ecosystem is a biological enviornment made up of all the animals and plants living in a particular area.  This also includes the non-living physical parts of the environment for example sunlight, air, water and soil. 

Organisms living in an ecosystem are linked and impact on each other. Conservationists must take into account the whole ecosystem, including local human populations, when trying to conserve an endangered species.

Rhinoceros from part of an umbrella species.  The conservation of the Rhinoceros is important because by protecting the Rhinoceros we are protecting many species of animal, insect and plant.



 photograph by Graeme Mitchley