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According to the World Wildlife organisation rhinos once roamed just about every part of the world include, Europe, Asia and Africa. The numbers have been constantly dwindling and at the beginning of the 20th century, only 500 000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia.


This number year on year decreased substantially and by 1970 , rhino numbers dropped to 70 000. This number was to decrease even further and today the population stands closer to under 30 000 rhinos in the wild.


A white rhino success story

One of the biggest success stories is the African southern white rhinos, which once thought to be extinct due to constant conservation efforts now thrive in protected areas and are classified as near threatened. According to the International Rhino Foundation, these numbers have risen through the help of  the Government of South Africa and dedicated conservationists teamed up to bring the southern white rhino back from possibly fewer than 50 individuals in the early 1900s to roughly 17,000 – 18,000 today. In recent times these white rhinos have been heavily poached the fight against poaching still continues.



Black rhinos critically endangered

Unfortunately this has not been the case for black rhinos, which according to World Wildlife have declined dramatically in the 20th century due to European hunters and settlers. The numbers between 1960 and 1995 dropped by 98%, to less than 2,500 black rhinos left in the wild. Since then, the numbers have increased constantly. This is thanks to persistent conservation efforts across Africa and the numbers have doubled from their historic low alomost 25 year ago to around 5,600 today. These rhinos are still critically endangered and  a lot of work still remains to get these numbers up to where they used to be. If we look at the black rhino population and compare it to some of the other rhino species we can see that our fighting efforts are making a bigger difference.


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