Photo of White Rhino. An estimated remaining 14+ black rhinos inhabit the Chyulu Hills region.
The black rhino is one of most endangered species on earth. With numbers falling from 850,000 in circa 1700, to 65,000 in 1970, to 2,410 in 1995. The remaining estimated population of just 14 rhinos that lives in the Chyulu Hills represents one of the last wild populations in Kenya (most rhino today are kept in fenced sanctuaries), and its survival is key if there is to be any hope for the future of this species in the wild. Community rangers, together with the Kenya Wildlife Service, provide 24-hour security for the small but extremely important population of elusive black rhino.
Rangers track the rhino with GPS systems, the data from which provides critical research information for the sustainability of this endangered species.
Since the start of this project, poachers have claimed only a single rhino and this small, yet valuable population is growing. However, more funding is required.
The rhino project would not have been possible without the support and generosity of Save the Rhino, Chester Zoo, Tusk Trust, US Fish and Wildlife and Anna Mertz.