In a good 100 years from just 100 to 3,700 today – with falling poaching!
The IRF, an advocate for all things related to the rhino, publishes an annual report entitled “The State of the Rhino,” which this year highlights that even in the midst of a rare pandemic, there are committed people in a dozen Countries are working to keep the rhinoceros healthy and recover.
In fact, the IRF has invested $ 20 million in rhinoceros conservation projects around the world over the past 10 years and its work is paying off in many countries.
The greatest success is undoubtedly the great unicorn rhinoceros.
The rhinoceros, native to India and Nepal, were only 100 left at the beginning of 1900.
Today there are 3,700 and their number is constantly increasing.
In the past eight years, poaching incidents have decreased from 41 in 2013 to just one.
In the Indian state of Assam there are rhinos in four protected areas and this year the population in the magnificent Manas National Park on the border with Nepal has reached 47 animals, after it was founded only a few years ago with 4 animals.
107 larger unicorn rhinos were also counted in Nepal.
The Javanese rhinos in Indonesia gave birth to four new calves, bringing the number of the critically endangered species to 75, significantly reducing the number of natural deaths.
This means that the number of Javanese rhinos has almost doubled compared to 2011.
In Africa, the black rhinoceros population has risen by 16 to 17% over the past decade, while the South African “rhinoceros court”, which was set up exclusively for poaching cases, reopened in April this year, giving rangers the opportunity to target suspects testify without having to travel to a bigger city.
In Zimbabwe, black rhinos have been reintroduced after a 30-year absence and are steadily increasing, while in Kenya, thanks to efforts to combat poaching, the number of rhinos killed has fallen to 0 this year from 59 in 2013.
“We must act today to ensure that these wonderful animals can continue to grow for future generations. Let’s continue to build on our successes in the great unicorn, black and Javanese rhinos and reverse the decline in Sumatran and white rhinos by working together to keep rhinos growing on Earth”.
Nina Fascione, managing director of the IRF
And I mean…This is great news!
In the jungle of horror reports that we read, hear, see about animals every day … these positive news work like opium for our souls.
The belief that the struggle each of us against animal exploitation, animal cruelty and animal slavery could bear fruit is growing stronger.
We remain vigilant, active, hopeful
My best regards to all, Venus