Africa's black rhino population has been under constant threat from poachers for many years. However, the population in Ngorongoro Crater is now slowly on the rise thanks to both tourist contributions and the conservation efforts of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). They have been managing all local rhino populations in the crater, with the funding for conservation activities solely derived from tourism revenue.
As a result, Ngorongoro Crater has seen an increase in its endangered rhinos rise from twenty-five in 1977 to more than fifty today. Many of the rhinos are under 24-hour camera surveillance and with enhanced anti-poaching efforts coupled with a successful reproduction programme, this has all aided the progress..
Statistics show that the famous crater had 108 rhinos back in 1968, so TANAPA is aiming to continue to increase their numbers in coming years.
A passionate Chief Conservator, Freddy Manongi added that "Fausta, one of our protected rhinos, is believed to be one of the oldest in the world, aged 54. He has been put onto an extra special care programme to protect his survival.”
As well as conservation efforts, the skilful promotion of the crater's rhinos has helped save their existence, by attracting tourists by the increased likelihood of close-up rhino sightings. Ngorongoro is now Tanzania’s last stronghold for free-ranging black rhinos.