Between the years 1960 and 1995, populations of the black rhino decreased dramatically by 98% to less than 2500 individuals.Thanks to persistent conservation efforts across Africa, black rhino numbers have doubled from their historic low 20 years ago to between 5,042 and 5,455 today. However, the black rhino is still considered critically endangered, and a lot of work remains to bring the numbers up to even a fraction of what it once was—and to ensure that it stays there. Wildlife crime—in this case, poaching and black-market trafficking of rhino horn—continues to plague the species and threaten its recovery.
This is heartbreaking, and as an act of contribution my partner and I plan on enrolling in a 20-week long volunteer program oriented towards black rhino conservation facilitated by VolunteerHQ. However, as students (even with part-time jobs) we sadly lack the funds to do so. We therefore gratefully ask for your help to fulfill this (incredibly important) dream of ours! Every contribution, no matter the amount helps.
We're two university students enrolled in Uppsala University, studying global health and sustainable development and have been together for two years. We're both very passionate about books, all things botany, healthcare and of course, animal conservation.
Anton and Felicia