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Black Rhino Success Stories

4/1/2020

The relocation and protection of the eastern black rhino is of critical importance to the survival of this species. From approximately 10,000 animals in 1970, it's estimated that less than 1,000 roam the globe today, after a lucrative illegal trade in wildlife products fueled a poaching crisis in East Africa which decimated numbers by 99% forty years ago.

In September of last year, the Grumeti Fund, alongside the Tanzanian Wildlife Management Authority, relocated a breeding nucleus of eastern black rhino from South Africa to Grumeti Game Reserve. It was the largest movement of rhino into Tanzania to date and increased the national population of this threatened species by almost 10%. The nine rhinos joined two others who were previously relocated to Singita Grumeti. Watch the video here.

The Namibian subspecies of black rhino has also seen success in that its status has been upgraded to "near threatened" from "vulnerable." The increase in Black Rhino numbers is mainly due to continuing law enforcement efforts and successful population management measures, including moving selected rhinos from established populations to new locations to keep populations productive and increase the species' range.

"These developments for African rhinos show the changes that can be achieved through committed conservation action," said Dr. Jane Smart, Global Director of the IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group. "It is crucial that local people are increasingly involved in and benefit from conservation efforts.

International, national and local actors need to work together to tackle the biodiversity crisis. It will be critical for the voices of those working in the field to protect threatened species such as African Rhinos to be amplified in coming years as we set the conservation agenda for the next decade."


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