Endangered African Black Rhino numbers on the rise amid conservation efforts

Some good and uplifting news is rising on the other side of the world right now, and amidst the stressful pandemic that is hitting all parts of Earth, we surely deserve it.

The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) states that the population of the critically endangered African Black Rhinos is slowly increasing by 2.5 percent per year in the span of six years.

Albeit slow, the growth from 4,845 in 2012 to 5,630 in 2018 is a hopeful promise of keeping them away from extinction. African Black Rhinos have been and still are one of the many targets of poaching. Their numbers were also dwindling due to the drastic climate change.

“There are major challenges still facing rhinos today. The first is the demand for rhino horn in Asia. So long as that demand remains, the price will stay high and the incentive for poaching will continue across Africa.”

– Paula Kahumbu, CEO of Wildlife Charity Wildlife Direct

Nevertheless, the efforts of the IUCN and all the participating countries helping in the preservation of endangered animals have been commendable and effective.

We are facing a challenging turning point in our era where we might be heading to a direction where our actions are irreversible and regrettable, yet that can be changed by each and every one of us if we correct the mistakes of the past and live more respectfully to nature.

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