The recovery of Africa’s southern square-lipped white rhinoceros over the last hundred years is one of the continent’s major success stories.
Close to extinction this time last century, numbering less than a hundred, they now boast a population of somewhere between 19,500 and 21,000. All living in southern Africa, with the vast majority holed up in South Africa.
However, with Zimbabwe’s political insecurity so much in the news recently, the worry is that the fragile balance of Africa’s wildlife conservation may be affected. When domestic politics hits an unstable period, protecting the environment and some of the most threatened wildlife often becomes a low priority ….