MAMMAL OF THE WEEK

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) launched the 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland in December 2016. Each week, we’ll be bringing you new species assessments, and introducing you to our Mammal of the Week, based on this updated Red List.

Black Rhino
Diceros bicornis

To celebrate World Rhino Day (22 September), this week’s mammal of the week is the Critically Endangered Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). Sadly, this iconic African species has seen a population decline of approximately 97% since 1960. As with White Rhinos (Ceratotherium simum simum), Black Rhinos are threatened by poaching, which is the most significant threat facing the species. Combatting the poaching crisis requires a multifaceted strategy including anti-poaching programmes, demand reduction campaigns, disrupting criminal networks, and providing options for alternative economies in areas near protected areas. The sad reality is that without such interventions we very well may see this species go extinct in the wild.

For more information visit https://www.ewt.org.za/Reddata/reddata.html

The 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland was funded via the South African National Biodiversity Institute (through a grant by the Norwegian Government that aims to build capacity in the southern Africa region for undertaking assessments), the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Department of Environmental Affairs, E Oppenheimer & Son and De Beers Group of Companies.