New rhino breeding groups created to spread risk
Kenya’s black rhinos are under siege, with the population dropping to less than 600 in 2013.
In 2012 30 were killed for their horn and in 2013 a further 37 have been illegally killed. In response, the Kenya authorities have moved 21 rhinos in August to create new breeding populations in safer areas.
Creation of new breeding populations in safer areas is also being used in South Africa, the
country at the front line of the rhino wars where illegal killing of rhinos continues to mount: from a low of 13 killed in 2007, 448 were killed in 2011, 668 in 2012, and already this year over 670 rhino have been killed illegally – more than in 2012.