Rhinos have long been in trouble, all 5 species teetering on the edge of extinction predominantly due to savage poachers. But there’s no way to make a global come back, like free helicopter rides between reserves to have wild sex parties being cheered on by the world.
The black rhino can weigh around a whopping 1.5 tonnes, 1500kg, and only around 5,000 left in the world. The least endangered of them all is the white rhino, who are the second-largest land mammal whose name comes from the Afrikaans, a West Germanic language, word ‘weit’ meaning ‘wide’ referring to it’s ginormous mouth. Thought to once be extinct in the late 19th century, in 1895 a miraculously small population of less than 100 was discovered in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. After years of protection and monitoring, the population has been able to rebuild and promoted to the title ‘near threatened’ with a current estimated population of 20,000.
The efforts taken in order to raise the population have been extreme. Jumping back to the sex party, rhinos would usually roam around and colonise new areas of grassland, reproducing with new encounters. Since they are protected, it makes it impossible for them to do so, so researchers are transporting them to different areas via helicopter to ‘mix genes’ for a strong population growth. Lucky rhinos. Other efforts include pre-de-horing the rhino as a bid to make them less appealing to poachers, and/or manufacturing an embryo from the eggs and sperm/ DNA of a passed rhino. Yet still their population is an estimated small 20,000 left in the wild. Therefore, it has been a united effort to protect these beautiful animals from the devastation of poachers.
Progressively through the years, we have seen the efforts made pay off tremendously. Since 2012 it is reported that the Black rhino population has grown by more than 17%. Reports say that only 10 years ago, the population of the javan rhino was less than 50, there are now 75 rhinos and the group saw 4 new births in 2021. Deterioration efforts are also paying off as Kenya celebrates its first zero poaching year in 21 years.
I class that as bloody Jolly Good News!