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Monday, July 11, 2011

Jake Abell, July 11

A brief note on rhinos. I had the chance to talk with AWF’s Vice President of Marketing and Philanthropy last week about a rhino sanctuary that AWF helped start in Kenya. He’s a smart guy with a long background in African ecology as well as marketing. He told me about the successes of this sanctuary, how AWF was able to partner with Kenyan Wildlife Service to expand its size by about 50% a number of years ago. I asked him if the story of the rhino in east Africa is somewhat comparable to the history of the American buffalo, and he said it was; apparently, white colonists in the early twentieth century reported seeing enormous herds of rhinos that covered vast tracks of land. Now, they number much less than they did in those days. When I was in Kenya in May, I saw a lone rhino in the Maasai Mara, an even that I now appreciate for its rarity given the huge declines in rhinos since the reports of those early settlers. 

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