IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:
In the last decade, poachers have killed almost 10,000 rhinos across Africa to feed the demand for horn on the black market. The IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) exists to promote the ...
In the last decade, poachers have killed almost 10,000 rhinos across Africa to feed the demand for horn on the black market. The IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) exists to promote the development and long term maintenance of viable populations of the various subspecies of African rhinos in the wild.

Group leadership

Dr Michael KNIGHT

Chair
Dr Mike Knight is a trained wildlife ecologist, with over 36 years of extensive experience in the African conservation environment. He started his career in the southern Kalahari researching large ...
Dr Mike Knight is a trained wildlife ecologist, with over 36 years of extensive experience in the African conservation environment. He started his career in the southern Kalahari researching large mammal ecology and progressed through head of Research in Inland Parks for South African National Parks, through General Manager for Park Planning & Development, to Acting Managing Executive for Conservation Services. He was instrumental in expanding the conservation estate by 6 000 km2 inclusive of four new National Parks, and suite of recently proclaimed marine protected areas. His experience is in large mammal ecology, African rhinos, aerial surveys, ecophysiology, park planning & conservation planning in Southern, Eastern & north Central Africa. He recently took up the position of Leader of WWF’s Kavango Zambezi transboundary (KAZA) programme. His role is to expand WWFs footprint and facilitatory role (through cooperative partnerships) towards a sustainable conservation outcome for this vast African landscape. Dr Knight also Chairs the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group
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