Why This Rhino Needs Armed Guards

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Armed rangers are guarding a northern white rhino 24 hours a day. But, why does this particular rhino need so much protection?

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Current Rhino Poaching Stats

Rhino population figures
“Large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 65,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,300 in 1993. Thanks to the persistent efforts of conservation programmes across Africa black rhino numbers have risen since the early 1990s to a current population of 5,055.”

‘Cure for cancer’ rumour killed off Vietnam’s rhinos
“Many questions remain. But for now, conservationists say the case shows the need to rethink their approach. Until now this has focused on protecting animals in the wild, but there is increasing recognition that more work is needed to identify and change consumer behaviour.”


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