A Black Rhino in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
An animal on the Red Critically Endangered List. Protected by armed park rangers 24/7, its history has been one of great struggle. Poaching up until the 1990s was out of control in Tanzania. In 1993, FZS (Frankfurt Zoological Society) started a joint conservation project with Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority in Ngorongoro to support the authority in maintaining the last 12 black rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater and Moru, in the Serengeti. They put in place a new rhino monitoring program, installed VHF radio communications systems, and constructed a rhino observation post above the Lerai Forest in Ngorongoro.
Between October/November 1995, in a bid to find out whether there were any more rhinos than the 12 of 1993, park rangers found only three rhinos in the Serengeti. A female calf was born in Serengeti’s Moru to the youngest female, Mama Serengeti, at the end of that year. FZS and Tanzania National Parks joined efforts to protect the Moru rhinos. In the same year, Amina, a young adult female in Ngorongoro, was killed and its horns removed. Its 9-month old calf Richard was captured and raised near Arusha national park for two years. This was a big blow to the breeding population as there were only 4 productive females in Ngorongoro at that time. Now, after such a hard beginning, the 9 black rhinos in Ngorongoro and 3 in Moru, Serengeti have increased in population from 12 to 50 Black Rhinos. This is a critically engaged animal with less than 5,000 Black Rhinos roaming Africa today compared to over 70,000 in 1970.one terrace.
Nikon D6; AF-S NIKKOR 800m f5.6 lens; 1/1250 sec at f5.6; ISO 1800 handheld