Thanks to a new initiative from the NGO African Parks, 2,000 southern white rhinos will be released into the wild over the next decade. African Parks purchased the largest captive rhino breeding program in the world in an effort to rewild the species into protected areas of Africa. The 2,000 rhinos in the breeding program comprise 15% of the remaining rhino population, and their reintroduction to the wild will help the species multiply and thrive. African Parks will rewild the rhinos in stages to ensure that they are living in well managed areas that support population growth. Though the process is a complicated undertaking, African Parks’ work will help preserve the southern white rhino population for generations to come.
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