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For a long time, the future of rhinos around the world seemed uncertain and although this is still a very real prospect, there are great positives that need to be celebrated!
The Javan Rhino, native to Indonesia, is still critically endangered but thanks to the great effort to the many conservation teams involved, the population is increasing and they have now been successfully reintroduced to a second National Park.
The greater one-horned rhino of Nepal and India, which had seen numbers drop to near extinction levels, have recovered to around 3500 rhinos thanks to the protection and management from the Indian and Nepalese wildlife authorities.
Black Rhino numbered dropped sharply due to hunting and poaching, and in the last decade more than 95% were wiped out. But incredible work of teams around the world have created conditions where their numbers have doubled in the last 20 years. What a turn around!
Did you know that the southern white rhino population was reduced to as little as 100 individuals in the later half of the 20th Century, but thanks to dedicated conservationists, the population now stands at an incredible 20 – 21 000. Many NGO’s (Non-Government Organisations) and conservation groups have banded together to translocate these animals to areas they have been lost for generations and helped to stabilise their population. Although there are incredible challenges still being faced, the incidents of poaching within South Africa are slowly but steadily declining. This is due to the tireless efforts of not only the anti-poaching and conservation teams on the ground, but a global initiative to increase awareness and raise support for the cause.
Poaching persists all over the world. Although it may seem that the battle that is perpetually raging, I believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If we just keep raising awareness, keep talking about the issue, not just the negative aspects, but also the incredible success stories, both on a large and small scale and together we can continue to turn the tide.