CARINO was created by Henri Carpentier, a graduate of the Ecole des Mines in Paris, who worked in many countries throughout the world. Since his retirement, Henri got better acquainted with different teams of the Ecole des Mines in Paris, more especially those of its Museum of Mineralogy, one of the most important in the world with collections amounting to 100,000 samples. At the end of his activity at the Museum of Mineralogy, Henri searched for a similar study task in the field of zoology. Looking for emblematic but imperfectly known animals, pertaining to a limited number of species and occupying an endangered position at the planets scale, he was rapidly led to choose Rhinos.
At Henri's request Michel Kremer designed a specialized software package well adapted to research work of this kind. The software was dubbed CARINO. The primary object was to evaluate rhino populations in time. The aim was to discover all mentions of rhinos: in travel stories, exploration of unknown territories, hunting expeditions, geographical studies, etc.
Recently all the collected information has been examined and transferred into the RRC.