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SOS Rhino : In the News : Rhinos 'Falling From Heaven'
 

Rhinos 'Falling From Heaven'

 

Allafrica.com
The Namibian (Windhoek)

July 17, 2003-- THE census team of Save-the-Rhino Trust (SRT) found two new rhino recently - a mother and calf that have never been recorded previously.

"After 21 years of monitoring the rhino we still find new ones, which is one reason why it is so important to keep patrolling," the SRT monthly bulletin reported the good news.

One ranger who thought he knew every rhino in Kunene explained the phenomenon saying: "They must have fallen from heaven".

Also reported in the newsletter is that the poaching of rhino has effectively stopped.

SRT operates in conjunction with community and Government operating five-weekly patrols by vehicle, or on foot, camel and donkey across an area of mountains, desert and sun-burned plains covering thousands of square kilometers.

"We work with local communities and ecotourism initiatives and are determined that Kunene and its extraordinary wildlife and people will survive and live in harmony".

There is also close co-operation between SRT and Rudi Loutit in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to raise rhino populations throughout Namibia and restore them to their former glory.

Namibia is home to almost one third of all Africa's remaining black rhino and 95% of the desert adapted sub species (Diceros bicornis bicornis).

The goal of SRT is to increase the Namibian rhino population to 2,000 animals by the year 2030.

To put this figure into perspective there were barely 2,000 black rhino left in the whole of Africa in 1990.

In 1970 there were 65 000.

In 1900, it is believed there were 100,000.


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