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On the Edge of Exintction: black rhinos

5,500

black rhinos remain

In the 1970s there were 70,000 black rhino. By 1995 there were just 2,410. That’s a loss of 96% in barely 20 years. Persistent conservation efforts have seen the continental population slowly grow to where it is today, circa 5,500 animals.

Rhino conservancies are working around the clock to protect and secure the lives of black rhinos. But poachers are increasingly sophisticated and rangers urgently need more resources to combat poaching. We must ensure that rangers have the equipment they need if Africa’s black rhino population is to continue to rise.

On the Edge of Survival: Sumatran rhinos

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Sumatran rhinos are left

With fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, Sumatran rhinos are just hanging on to their future. It’s hard to imagine that in the 19th century, Sumatran rhinos were so common across Asia that people saw them as pests.

By 1986, only 800 Sumatran rhinos were estimated to be alive. Now, with more accurate information from patrols, camera-trap surveys and faecal DNA analysis, very few remain. The species is truly on the edge of survival.

The remaining rhinos live in five isolated populations. But the low numbers and long distances between locations mean that breeding is far from simple.

That’s where the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary comes is helping. The Sanctuary is home to seven resident rhinos, all enjoying a semi-wild existence in a large rainforest habitat. Two calves were born there, in June 2012 and May 2016, and efforts to expand the Sanctuary are giving real hope for the future of the species.

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On the Edge of Success: Southern white rhinos

1,000

rhinos were poached last year

In 1900, some 50-100 Southern white rhinos remained after hunting and habitat loss caused their numbers to plummet. Now, between 19,666 and 21,085 Southern white rhinos exist, the majority of which live in South Africa.

Image of a white rhino walking in sunset,

Their friendly, sociable nature and preference for open areas, means that they are the most-poached species, with more than 1,000 killed for their horns in 2017 alone.

Southern white rhinos have been a conservation success story, but we cannot allow poachers to threaten their future.

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