The Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
VisionThe Black Rhino Range Expansion Project incorporates the vision of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife which is:
To have a viable metapopulation totaling more than 1,000 Diceros bicornis minor throughout its former home range and supported through a shared commitment on private, community and state land in KwaZulu-Natal.
AchievementsThe WWF/ Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project aims to increase land available for black rhino conservation. It does this by forming partnerships with different landowners and releasing new populations of black rhino on to their land. This way, the growth rate of the overall black rhino population is increased as fast as possible.
Black rhino range in KwaZulu-Natal has increased by 30 percent(90 000 hectares)
Five partner sites have received founder populations of black rhino. One of these is a community-owned site, the first such to receive a significant black rhino population.
85 black rhino have been translocated to these sites and more than 25 calves have been born so far.
The Project proved that partnerships between landowners and formal conservation organisations make otherwise unattainable goals possible.