The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) announced in September that “White Rhinos now number around 16,803 animals, an increase of 5.6%” from the previous year. The first increase in White Rhino numbers since 2012.
The black rhino population also increased and reached nearly 6,500 by the end of last year.
Early September Conservation group African Parks said it planned to release 2,000 southern White Rhinos into the wild after buying the world’s largest private captive rhino breeding operation in South Africa. There are only two surviving members of another, the northern white rhino – both female and both in Kenya.