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The western black rhino has almost certainly become extinct in the last few years. Now Act For Wildlife and our partners are fighting to save the eastern black rhino from the same fate. That means going up against well-armed, well-funded poachers.
During the last century, no rhino species has suffered more terribly at the hands of poachers than the black rhino. Around 96% of the population has been lost.
Now, we have to fight to save the eastern black rhino, or lose them forever. The latest estimates are that only 700 of these animals remain in the wild. And the major threat is from poachers.
Armed with snares and guns, poachers kill rhinos for their horns, which they sell on the black market for traditional Asian medicines, and for ornaments. And they’re getting smarter, better funded and more organised. They’re finding ways to remove the horn quicker to avoid being caught. In some cases, they don’t even wait for the rhino to die before hacking away the horn. Meanwhile young calves, whose horns haven’t yet developed, are left motherless and alone.
Poachers are ruthless, and being a rhino ranger or game scout is a very dangerous job. But thanks to intensive anti-poaching activity, and better community education, we have a chance to protect the 700 black rhinos left in the wild.
Act for Wildlife supports three projects to help save rhinos. In Kenya, we work with the Maasailand Preservation Trust in Chyulu Hills, and the Laikipia Wildlife Forum. In Tanzania, we work with the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust in Mkomazi National Park.
Field Co-ordinator, Black Rhino Project
We employ around 45 game scouts and rangers, all from the local Maasai communities.
The rhinos here have 80% of their home range within the Chyulu National Park. But they also roam in the Mbirikani Group Ranch, which is also where a lot of our work is. We help wildlife and the Maasai people to live alongside one another.
There are at least 14 rhinos in the Chyulu, and we plan to import additional rhinos in the future. These rhinos are really very important. They’re one of the last remaining free-ranging native rhino populations in Kenya. Our rhino rangers work alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service, to monitor and protect our rhinos as threats continue to increase.
The game scouts also have a huge role in protecting local habitat and wildlife. The area is a crucial water catchment for both people and wildlife, including elephant, cheetah, lion and African wild dog. Each year the game scouts confiscate hundreds of snares, arrows, spears and other tools used by poachers. They make around 800 arrests each year.
I hope you will join us by sponsoring our project. Working together is the only way we can make sure the black rhino is protected, and saved from extinction.
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