Orphaned as a newborn, Chamboi is a symbol of resilience for a species with a very fraught history.
Once upon a time, black rhinos flourished across the African continent. Beginning in the 1970s, however, the relentless threat of poaching decimated the species. In Kenya, black rhinos suffered a catastrophic 98 percent population decline between 1970 and 1983, plummeting from 20,000 to just 350 individuals in just over a decade.
Thanks to dedicated conservation efforts, black rhinos have begun to make a tentative comeback. Kenya has emerged as a stronghold for the species, home to well over 900 black rhinos. While they remain critically endangered, every new life serves as a beacon of hope.
On the afternoon of 6th September 2023, KWS and Tsavo Trust rangers spotted a newborn rhino calf on his own by a waterhole. He was located in the free release rhino range of Tsavo West National Park, which is home to a healthy population of black rhinos. However, his mother was nowhere to be found.
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5 months old
6 September 2023
Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West IPZ
Date of Birth (approximate)
2 September 2023
Age at Rescue
0 weeks old (approx)
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