Black Rhino Expansion in Southern Africa

Geographical location:

Africa/Madagascar > Southern Africa > Republic of South Africa

Summary

Thhis project is a continuation of a long-standing collaboration between Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife (EKZNW), the WWF African Rhino Programme, WWF Netherlands and WWF South Africa. The aim of the project is to expand black rhino conservation in KwaZulu-Natal in an ecologically, economically, politically and socio-culturally sustainable manner. This will not only make a significant contribution to the long-term survival of black rhinos in Africa, but will also contribute to biodiversity conservation in general and the well-being of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

The project has 2 modules. The first one aims at assisting in the protection of existing black rhino populations and is in effect a continuation of support given since 1995 by WWF Netherlands through the WWF African Rhino Programme.

The second module expands the range of black rhinos to new areas. The broad strategy of the module is to find suitably large tracts of land with adequate habitat for black rhinos. As it is unlikely that any single private landowner would have a large enough property (to meet the criterion of 200 km2), partnerships between neighbouring landowners will be facilitated. The main focus of the project is to be on private and communal land in northern KwaZulu-Natal. One of the principal aims will be to create a network of undivided parcels of land suitable for black rhino reintroduction.

Objectives

- Expand black rhino conservation in KwaZulu-Natal in an ecologically, economically, politically and socio-culturally sustainable manner.

- Assist in the protection of existing black rhino populations.

- Expand the range of black rhinos to new areas.

- Create a network of undivided parcels of land suitable for black rhino reintroduction.

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