Saving private rhino

A darted white rhino bull awaits emergency surgery to treat a wound on his flank inflicted by another rhino on a private game in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Just under a quarter of the total rhino population in South Africa can be found on privately-owned reserves and game ranches. Private ownership has, to date, been incredibly successful in helping boost South Africa’s rhino numbers and in creating important new territory for African rhinos.  The recent upsurge in poaching in the country, however is making rhino ownership a much more costly and dangerous business which could have an adverse effect on the growth in rhino numbers in future if private reserves are less keen to acquire rhinos and create new space for them.

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