Rhinos don’t have it easy these days. Usually, they roam large areas in Africa and Eurasia. Now they occur almost only in protected areas due to poaching (forbidden hunting) and destruction of their habitats. We had a close look at Kruger National Park in South Africa where many rhinos live. We found they face two problems: illegal hunters and droughts.

Two rhino species live in Kruger Park – white and black rhino. One curious finding is that each of them suffers from the drought in a different way – due to the different food they eat. So keeping the poachers away is not enough to conserve the rhinos. We also have to understand the effect of the climate.

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Researchers wanted to know if illegal hunters are the only problem rhinos are facing or if other factors also influence their survival.
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April 2019

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