Since 1996, the black rhino has been classed as an endangered species in Africa. In the most part due to poaching as the market for rhino horn in the far east is sadly booming. Rhino horn can sell for a huge amount of money and poachers methods are getting more sophisticated.
Despite the fact that many organisations and charities are working hard to turn things around for the black rhino. In an attempt to protect them and increase their population. Because it requires huge financial resources and manpower it is a very difficult challenge.
Currently there are only about 5,500 black rhinos left and although this number is small, in 1993, there were under 2,500 left so we can take positives from these figures. It shows how although a slow process, wildlife organisations are helping the black rhino to increase its numbers.
success has been due, partly by educating people that there are no medicinal effects from using rhino horn. Also by protecting the remaining black rhinos and having anti-poaching patrols and initiatives in place. It is vital for wildlife charities to work with governments, game reserves and local communities to make progress.
The rhino is one of the oldest groups of mammals and they are vital for creating land for conservation. This means their existence is also essential to maintain the populations of other animals.
It is essential that we all realise the importance of the black rhino and support the organisations that work so tirelessly to protect them. Safari goers must appreciate the special experience of being able to see one of the endangered African animals.