Instagram – September 22nd, 2019
This #WorldRhinoDay we’re reflecting on some of the amazing achievements of our friends and partners @africanparksnetwork Sometimes it may feel like the news on rhino is predominantly negative and so today, let’s celebrate the good and be hopeful for the future and all it holds ❤️ #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost
The rhino has survived on the planet for millennia but today, fewer than 25,000 remain due to one thing: the illegal demand for their horns. News about the species is typically about its near demise and the unfortunate reporting of increasing numbers of individuals succumbing to poaching. However, today we wanted to share some good news for rhinos, small successes we’ve had for the species with our Malawian and Rwandan government partners. Together we have:
Reintroduced rhinos back to @majetewildlifereserve in Malawi in 2003 and 2007, where the population is thriving and not one individual has been lost to poaching since their return.
In 2015 we assumed management of @liwonde_national_park in Malawi, making African Parks responsible for the country’s entire rhino population.
In 2017 with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, we bought 18 Eastern black rhinos back to @akagerapark in Rwanda, ten years after they had been poached out; and
Just a few months ago in June, together with the RDB and EAZA we translocated five rhinos from the Czech Republic to Akagera in Rwanda, creating the most genetically diverse population on the continent.
These are truly hopeful efforts being made, where shared vision, political action, and funding support has helped ensure that this remarkable but severely endangered species has a brighter future. This would not have been possible without you, and today we ask you once again to join with us and help us protect Africa’s rhinos and other wildlife.
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