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Offbeat: The Black Rhinoceros: Females poaching puts the species in danger

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The University of Manchester, in collaboration with Kenyan scientists, conducted a study that demonstrates the impacts of poaching on the population of black rhinoceros.

Recent research published on Wednesday, April 13 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that the impacts of poaching on the survival of the black rhinoceros are more important than expected. Combined with the females reproductive success rate, the likelihood that black rhinoceros are experiencing an extinction in the coming years amounts to 70%.

Protect fertile women priority

Like most animals, female rhinoceros do not all have the same number of small. When some particularly fertile females are slaughtered by poachers, the impacts on this protected population are major. As Susanne Shultze Professor explained at the University of Manchester at ScienceDaily : "The prevention of the population decline is a crucial step to stop the loss of biodiversity. In this study, we have identified how the loss of key rhinoceros can make small highly vulnerable populations, which can help us design more effective conservation actions. Thus, in order to better protect these mammals, it is necessary to identify the females likely to have a large offspring.

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And if the poachers came to the end of this species?

The University of Manchester collaborated with Kenyan rhinoceros and scientists specialists to record the number of deaths and deaths of this species at Kenya . The researchers have seen that there was a great variation between the females in terms of reproduction, including a significant number of females that do not happen again. As Dr. John Jackson explains, researcher at the University of Oxford: "Our study really highlights a fatal combination of small populations, individual differences and poaching for vulnerable populations. When working together, these factors can completely reshape the fate of an endangered species . A conclusion that highlights the need to act to preserve black rhinoceros by creating better protected reserves.

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