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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Celebrates the Birth of its 100th Rhino

August 25, 2008

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Celebrates the Birth of its 100th Rhino We are thrilled to announce that on Friday, August 21st, one of our white rhino females named Opondo gave birth to a very healthy calf. Opondo is 22.6 years old, and this is her 6th calf. This new birth brings the total of rhinos on Lewa to 100, with 58 black rhinos and 42 white rhinos.

The future of the black and white rhinos is still uncertain. In the last 30 years, they have been driven to near extinction, with the world rhino population falling by more than 90 percent. The only cause to this decline is man’s relentless pursuit of the animals’ horn. In Kenya alone, the numbers of black rhino dropped from an estimated 20,000 in the early 1970s to less than 300 animals in the 1980s.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy’s efforts to protect rhinos are critical to the survival of the species. Lewa now holds 12% of the confirmed black rhino population in Kenya. The constant population increase we are witnessing on Lewa is the result of our security efforts. There has not been one poaching incident on the Conservancy to date. We are extremely proud of these achievements and realize it would not have been possible without the constant support of dedicated individuals such as yourself. We happily share this news with you and thank you for your support.

If you would like to adopt one of our rhinos, please contact Sarah Nkatha at Rhino adoptions go directly towards supporting our rhino program.