KEY CONSERVATION FIGURES FROM KENYA AND AFRICA TO DISCUSS RHINO CONSERVATION
(Posted 21st September 2020)
The World Rhino Day which is observed on the 22nd of September celebrates all five remaining species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
Rhinos have had traumatic history not only in Kenya but in all its range states in Africa and Asia. From a thriving population of over 20,000 as early as the 1960s, the population dropped by up to 90% in Africa.
The drastic decline has been attributed to the demand for its horns for use in traditional medicines and for its purported potency as an aphrodisiac. To date there is no empirical evidence on the efficacy of the horns for these uses.
It is accepted that it will take continued and accelerated efforts by all the range states to maintain their conservation and protection vigilance for the rhino populations to be considered out of danger and once again assured of a future as a species by;
1. Maintaining high levels of Security and Surveillance
2. Providing sufficient and dedicated space for breeding and establishing territory for increasing numbers
3. Stamp out Illegal Trade
Join our panelist as we celebrate World Rhino day which include Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, the Hon. Najib Balala, Richard Vigne of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Mike Watson of the Lewa Conservancy, Dr. Robert Brett of Flora and Fauna International and Philipp Muruthi from the African Wildlife Foundation, among others.
Click here to join Webinar tomorrow from 3 pm East African Time