October 3, 2008

Black Rhinos Run Free In The Wild

Black rhinos are running free in the wild now, after 25 years in captivity. Experts say the move is an amazing landmark step for African wildlife conservation.

Black rhinoceroses were once commonplace in Africa. However, in recent years these huge horned creatures have suffered dramatic declines, due to poaching and habitat loss.

The country of Kenya has suffered the most dramatic losses. Rhino numbers have plummeted from an estimated 20,000 in the 1970s to some 500 today.

Although the Rhino is referred to as black, it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance.

Previously, rhinos that survived were confined to sanctuaries.

The Kenya Wildlife Service has been working with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to revive rhino numbers.

They say they're confident enough to begin releasing these animals back into the wild.


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