Nadia Arsalane

STATUS: Critically Endangered

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Diceros bicornis

Black Rhinos can be found in Namibia and Coastal East Africa.

Poaching, for their horn, in the 20th century saw the population decline dramatically; and between 1960 and 1995, numbers dropped by 98%.

While there are now 5,000 black rhinos in existence, poaching is still a big threat to their survival.

Bas Huijbregts, African Species Director for WWF, said they are working with government agencies to stop poachers.

“WWF is working with government agencies and partners in South Africa, Namibia and Kenya, to support law-enforcement agencies, build supportive surrounding communities, develop and build on innovative tech solutions, and equip and train rangers to stop poachers,” he said.

“Also, and to ensure healthy and growing black rhino populations, WWF supports efforts to establish new black rhino populations via translocations of rhinos from high-density areas to low-density areas with suitable habitat.”

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