• The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation celebrates World Rhino Day

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    September 23, 2019
    The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF) is at the heart of the fight to save rhinos from extinction as their numbers continue to be devastated by poachers.

    The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, a charity based at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, announced on World Rhino Day (22nd September) that it is funding its fourth consecutive project with Save the Rhino International at the Ol Jogi Conservation in Kenya.

    This latest project is the second phase of a reserve wide plan to provide cameras for both monitoring and security to protect Black Rhinos as part of its continuing efforts for the conservation of the critically endangered species. 

    The pioneering remote motion-sensitive camera system captures pictures of rhinos in the wild which will provide vital intelligence for their security and welfare, as well as contributing to ongoing research about these elusive animals. 

    The project is vitally important as the extensive reserve covers some 60,000 hectares. This builds on a previous project funded by YWPF which was the first phase of the installation and thermal imaging cameras. Other YWPF projects with Save the Rhino International include the provision of digital radios for rangers and building a boma (shelter) for orphaned or injured young rhino. 

    Rhino numbers in the wild have reduced dramatically over the past few decades due to increased organised poaching. 

    The black rhino population fell from 65,000 in 1973 to just 2,300 in 1990.

    Today, Black rhino numbers have recovered to almost 6,000 but poaching is still a major concern as their horns are valuable commodities in Chinese medicine.

     “The long-term support from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation has played a vital role in supporting and strengthening our rhino conservation efforts,” said a Save the Rhino International spokesman.

    “It is so sad to the continued threat of rhinos in the wild, but we are part of a strong international effort that is fighting back,” said Cheryl Williams, trustee of the Yorkshire Wildlife Foundation, “the progress made at Ol Jogi is encouraging and illustrates how collaborative efforts can make an impact”. 

    World Rhino Day (22ndSeptember) is an annual event to bring conservation organisations, wildlife parks, zoos, rhino sanctuaries, and concerned citizens across the globe together to raise awareness and funds for the five species of rhinoceros — all of which are under threat from the illegal rhino horn trade.
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