Conservation activities

In this section, you can read about the types of activities that conservation managers carry out, and how those activities help achieve our overall aims, which are:

  • To increase the number of rhinos in genetically viable populations in the wild
  • To enhance the integrity of ecosystems
  • To ensure that local communities benefit from conservation activities

Save the Rhino International focuses on genetically viable populations of critically endangered rhinoceros species in the wild. “Genetically viable” populations are generally taken to mean those with a minimum of 20 individuals. In some areas, smaller populations have been known to breed successfully, although it is not known what the impact is on the long-term genetic diversity of such a population. For rhino populations to qualify as being “wild”, three conditions must be satisfied:

  • They must be free-ranging within an area large enough to sustain a breeding group
  • The area in question must consist of natural rhino habitat
  • They must survive by feeding off natural vegetation in the area (ie, without human intervention)

A black rhino mother and calf in a private conservancy in the Laikipia District, Kenya

Photo credit Andrew Gell