Namibia now has 200 free roaming black rhinos

PUBLISHED 29 OCT 2020   

The number of free roaming black rhinos left in the world is growing after near extinction which saw their numbers drop by a horrifying 96.7% between 1960 -1995. 

The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) had said on Wednesday, 28 October 2020, that intensified monitoring and biological management are just some of the contributing factors to the rise in numbers. According to SRT Chief Executive Officer Simson Urikob, the numbers are now over 200, up from 60 in 2013.

“The numbers are growing,” he said. “We are incorporating different methods that have helped in increasing numbers.”

“We realized that same breeding was not increasing the numbers so we brought new bulls from other national parks and that has helped to increase numbers,” Urikob said.

He said intense monitoring has also helped with keeping poachers away, but the COVID-19 outbreak is threatening those efforts.

“We had not had any poaching cases since 2017 but this year we recorded four incidences,” Urikob said. “This is because most lodges are closed thus there are no community rangers in those areas to monitor the rhinos.”

Namibia is the only country with the last free-roaming black rhinos in the world.