Zimbabwe Rhino

Zimbabwe used to be the country with the world’s largest population of black rhino but political and economical problems and priorities have seen this population decline rapidly. Whilst the world population of black rhino fell from 65,000 to 2,300 between 1970 and 1994, the Zimbabwe population fell from 2,000 to only 263 in the 6 years prior to 1993. The latest figures for the Zimbabwe rhino population are from December 2005 when there were 527 black rhino and 308 white rhino but these figures have fallen since then due to poaching. The main threat to the rhino is poaching for its horn.