Rhinos

  1. Video content

    Video caption: Covid-19: Funding crisis threatens zoo conservation

    As Covid-19 threatens conservation work, Whipsnade Zoo is hoping for rhino breeding success.

  2. The last northern white rhinos

    Video content

    Video caption: What’s it like to look after the last two northern white rhinos on the planet?

    What’s it like to look after the last two northern white rhinos on the planet? When the mother dies the feisty teenage daughter will become the very last of her species

  3. Video content

    Video caption: ICYMI: A rare rhino and rare 'steaks'

    This week's round-up also features a watery music festival and a bear with a sore head.

  4. Coronavirus lockdown: Saving rhino species 'a race against time'

    Video content

    Video caption: Scientists have artificially inseminated embryos to prevent the subspecies from being lost

    To prevent the subspecies from being lost forever, scientists have artificially inseminated embryos from their eggs using the frozen sperm of two dead males.

  5. Hope as African black rhino numbers rise

    BBC World Service

    An African black rhino at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya
    Image caption: Poaching is still a threat to the species

    Conservationists are hailing the tentative recovery of Africa's critically endangered black rhinos.

    The latest figures show there's been a modest annual increase in the black rhino population over the last six years.

    Their numbers are thought to have grown to more than 5,600 - according to a report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature on Thursday.

    The rhinos' recovery is being attributed to ambitious protection efforts against poachers.

    Read more:

  6. Video content

    Video caption: First rhino born in Wales arrives at Folly Farm zoo

    He is one of only an estimated 40 of the endangered species born in the UK in the past 20 years.

  7. How surrogate mums could save this rhino species

    Video content

    Video caption: There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world

    There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world.

  8. Video content

    Video caption: White rhino birth captured on Colchester Zoo CCTV

    Zoo keepers have welcomed it as "brilliant news" for the future of the "near threatened" species.

  9. WWF 'denies responsibility' for 11 Kenyan rhino deaths

    A rhino being transported to Tsavo National Park
    Image caption: The rhinos were moved from Nairobi National Park and Nakuru National Park

    The conservation group WWF has rejected the results of an inquiry that partly blames the organisation for a botched transfer that led to the deaths of 11 rhinos last year, the Reuters news agency has reported.

    The endangered black rhinos were moved from to Tsavo National Park to protect them from poaching.

    But they were not able to digest high levels of salt in their drinking water in the park, which led to their deaths.

    Before the government moved the rhinos, samples of the water had been taken but the results were not considered, the tourism minister said at the time.

    According to the inquiry, WWF applied pressure on Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to speed up the move.

    WWF has denied the accusations, saying concerns about water quality were never raised.

    "We would never push for a translocation to go ahead against the recommendations of the relevant experts," the organisation said in a statement. "This was a tragedy we hope will never be repeated."

    Estimates suggest there are fewer than 5,500 black rhinos in the world, all of them in Africa and some 750 in Kenya.

    Poaching poses a significant threat to the population.

  10. Northern white rhino embryos created in lab

    Scientists looking at his research

    Scientists have achieved another milestone in the creation of the next generation of northern white rhinos, aimed at bringing back the rare animal from the brink of extinction.

    Using eggs from the only two surviving northern white rhinos, both in Kenya, and frozen sperm from two males, who are both dead, researchers in Italy have created embryos.

    The embryos are currently being stored in liquid nitrogen and will be transferred into a surrogate mother soon, the Kenya Wildlife Service says.

    But there is still a "very long way to go", according to the head of Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy Richard Vigne, where the two remaining northern white rhinos live under armed guard.

    The gestation period for the rhino is between 15 and 16 months.

    Rhinoceros
    Image caption: There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world - both of them female and infertile

    The embryos were created at the Aventea Laboratories in Italy and the whole process has been an international effort, including organisations from Germany and the Czech Republic.

    Rhinos are the second-largest land mammal after elephants. The white rhinoceros consists of two sub-species - the southern white rhino and the much rarer and critically endangered northern white rhino.

    Poaching is the primary threat facing all rhino species.

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Northern white rhino hope after artificial insemination birth

    A southern white rhino has given birth after artificial insemination, raising hopes for the northern white rhino population.