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Conservation Issue

The Selous Game Reserve is in the South East of Tanzania and is the largest protected area in Africa covering around 50,000 square km of pristine wilderness and was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The Game Reserve currently contains 6% of the world's remaining black rhino populations. The population is significant because the Reserve is believed to hold an estimated 70% of Tanzania's remaining rhino population and this could be the last viable population in the Southern Tanzania. 


The Selous Black Rhino Protection Project was set up to stop the black rhino from becoming extinct in the Selous. The emphasis of the work in the Selous is to secure the existing fragmented rhino populations within the Game Reserve. This involves protecting the rhino that are left and establishing the number of black rhino in the reserve and developing a long term conservation and regeneration strategy. 

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