The only discounts we know about here at Endangered Rangers are the populations ones. But today, despite black rhinos still being on the "Critically Endangered" list, we want to tell you about an increase in numbers. Sometimes it is good when the numbers go up!
Due to survival population programs and persistent conservation efforts, black rhinos have gone from about 2,400 in 1995 to over 5,000 today, according to the WWF. When you understand that they went from 65,000 in 1970 to 2,400, then you'll see that anti-poaching efforts and translocations are working. However, as encouraging as this recovery is, it is slow as poaching is still the #1 threat to these beautiful creatures. Now with COVID-19, the temptation for the mythical healing powers of these simple Keratin-horns (just like our fingernails), continues to drive bounties. This is why Endangered Rangers and other relief programs are asking for your help as we work tirelessly to prevent the reversal of conservation progress.
Here is one of the amazing stories, the story of Eric the rhino who, in 2018, made a pilgrimage from California to Tanzania as part of the Species Survival Plan, a species management program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Eric is thriving and you can read an update on his wonderful life HERE, thanks to our friends at the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy.
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