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EMERGENCY RESCUE OF ENDANGERED BLACK RHINOS

There are only 4,800 black rhinos left in the wild of which 631 are in Kenya. Demand for rhino horn in Asia is rapidly rising, causing an alarming increase in poaching (44 so far this year in Kenya). WWF needs your help to establish a rhino sanctuary in Kenya to rescue rhinos out of high risk areas.

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  • The unfounded rumour that rhino horn can cure cancer sealed the fate of the last Javan rhino and is now threatening other rhino populations in Africa.

    — Dr. A. Christy Williams, WWF

  • The unfounded rumour that rhino horn can cure cancer sealed the fate of the last Javan rhino and is now threatening other rhino populations in Africa.

    — Dr. A. Christy Williams, WWF

Situation

Poaching of rhinos for the illegal trade is the main threat to African rhinos. Resurgence in the use of rhino horn in Asia means it’s now worth more than ever before. As the price for rhino horn increases the poachers are investing more money in poaching. Levels of poaching are the highest they have ever been in 20 years and, as a result, rhino populations are critically endangered. Urgent action is needed to stop this escalation to ensure the African rhino's survival. But, we need your help.

Solution

One of the most effective strategies to conserve rhinos during this time of increased poaching is through the establishment of rhino sanctuaries in secret locations.Rhinos are moved from high risk areas to smaller sanctuaries where they can be better protected, patrolled and more effectively monitored by rangers. WWF is developing a new sanctuary in the Tsavo West National Park in Kenya to rescue black rhinos and give them the best possible chance to escape poachers and grow their population.