Black Rhino

BACK FROM THE BRINK

In 1971, the Maasai Mara Game Reserve had approximately 120 black rhinos, but by 1984 this number plummeted to just 18 individuals due to poaching. When the Mara Conservancy started in 2001, there was only one known rhino left in the Mara Triangle: an aggressive female, very wary of people and vehicles, and very difficult to spot. However, after only a few months of Mara Conservancy’s regular patrols and successful arrests of poachers, security in the area increased and in 2002, male rhino moved into the Triangle and mated with the female.

Three successful matings and the addition of other rhinos that migrated into the area has increased the Mara Triangle’s resident population upwards of ten individuals. Unfortunately this is not a reflection of the Maasai Mara population as a whole, which still hovers between 25 – 30 individuals. The Maasai Mara National Reserve has the country’s only indigenous black rhino population, unaffected by translocations. Due to the size of the Reserve, this population has the potential to become one of the largest in Africa, as long as it is protected.

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