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Rhino Poaching Rates in Africa and Asia Have Plunged by Half, Says New Report

5-year-old black rhino Loijipu feeds on grass in Sera Rhino Sanctuary, Samburu County, Kenya on May 11, 2022. LUIS TATO / AFP

Poaching rates for both African and Asian rhinos have been steadily falling for the past three years and are now at their lowest rates in almost a decade, according to the findings of a new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the wildlife conservation NGO TRAFFIC.

In Africa, researchers found that poaching rates fell from a peak of 5.3% of the population in 2015 to just 2.3% last year, due in part to the impact of COVID lockdowns.

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