How’s about some good news on this cuddly little cutie pie? Critically endangered black rhinos have rebounded swimmingly over six recent years. Their numbers grew from 4,845 in 2012 to 5,630 in 2018. “The continued slow recovery is a testament to the immense efforts made in the countries and a powerful reminder that conservation works,” said Grethel Aguilar, acting director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Populations of black rhino declined dramatically in the 20th century at the hands of European hunters and settlers. Between 1960 and 1995, black rhino numbers dropped by 98%, to less than 2,500. Since then, the species has made a tremendous comeback from the brink of extinction, although it is still critically endangered.

In addition to conservation, anti-poaching efforts are working. In South Africa 594 rhinos were lost to poaching last year, compared to 769 in 2018. The number of elephants poached dropped from 71 in 2018 to 31 in 2019.

Photo by Sven-Olaf Lindblad/WWF-US

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.

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