Le 26/02/2021. If you work remotely – either because of the COVID-19 pandemic or because that is the nature of your...
It was a sad day when the Black Rhino made it onto the critically endangered species list, but it appears that there is still hope for these gentle creatures. Incredibly, conservationists have noticed a rise in the numbers of the African Black Rhino in the wild. The rhinos, which have been poached for their horns, are still endangered and at risk for extinction, but efforts to protect them are bearing fruit. The International Union for Conservation of Nature counted 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. The population grew to approximately 5,630 in 2018, and conservationists believe their numbers will continue to grow.
Although rhino horn is in great demand in Asia where it is used in medicinal remedies, conservationists have managed to relocate many rhinos to poacher-free zones and new laws have been voted to protect the species. Man has also leant a helping hand by making sure that there is a better male-female ratio in all areas where the Black Rhino lives to help them find mates and reproduce. A little like Meetic for rhino, if you will!
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has said: "The continued slow recovery is a testament to the immense efforts made in the countries and a powerful reminder that conservation works." Although poaching and illegal trade still exists, as long as anti-poaching protocols continue on both a national and international level, our grandchildren may be lucky enough to spot one in the wild on an African safari one day.
For those of you who don’t know much about these beautiful herbivores living in Eastern Africa, here are some fun facts to wow your friends with:
to make it onto a list = être inscrit sur une liste
an endangered species = une espèce en danger
to poach = braconner
to bear fruit = porter ses fruits
a horn = une corne
to lend a helping hand = aider
to mate = s’accoupler
trade = le commerce
to wow = impressioner
to weigh = peser
to get sunburnt = attraper un coup de soleil