Conservationists have quiet cause celebration over a rise in the numbers the African black rhino. The numbers the animals in the wild have risen several hundred. The rhinos had been poached to a level near extinction, but efforts to protect them have paid dividends. Black rhinos are still endangered and are risk of extinction, but conservationists are hopeful their numbers will continue to grow. The International Union Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos Africa in 2012. This number rose to around 5,630 2018, an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over the six years. The Union said the numbers bode well saving the species.
A lot of effort has been put saving the black rhino. These include relocating the beasts areas less frequented poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio to aid reproductive success, and stronger legislation to protect the species. The Union said: "The continued slow recovery is a testament to the immense efforts made the countries and a powerful reminder that conservation works." It added: "There is no room complacency as poaching and illegal trade remain acute threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching measures and intensive, proactive population management continue, support national and international actors.