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African rhino numbers increase for first time in over a decade

  • Rhino numbers in Africa increased by 5.2% in 2021, with nearly 23,300 rhinos roaming the continent. This marks the first positive news in a decade for an animal threatened by poaching.
  • The number of black rhinos increased by 4.2% to 6,487, while white rhinos saw a 5.6% increase to 16,803, the first rise since 2012. Protection and management initiatives were credited for the growth in rhino populations.
  • South Africa is home to almost 80% of the world's rhinos. In 2021, there was a decline in rhino poaching, with only two rhinos killed compared to the previous year.
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