Africa's Rhino Population Rebounds: A Glimpse of Hope Amidst Conservation Challenges
September 22, 2023
Africa’s rhino population has increased by 5.2% by the end of 2022, reaching 23,290 animals. White rhinos have achieved their first increase in a decade, with their population growing by 5.6%. Black rhinos have also increased by 4.2%.
Despite the overall growth in rhino populations, more than 550 rhinos were illegally killed across the continent in 2022. South Africa was the hardest hit, with a loss of 438 animals.
The announcement of the African Parks conservation NGO acquiring about 2,000 southern white rhinos in South Africa’s North West offers hope for the entire African rhino herd. These rhinos will be rewilded over the next decade, potentially increasing the population to 3,000.