Rhino poaching has seen a resurgence in recent years due to an increase of demand for their horns in Asian markets. But all across Africa, local community members are working to create sanctuaries and lessen the risk of extinction.
If it weren't for a few dedicated communities in isolated locales -- like the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania, not far from the Indian Ocean -- one of Africa's most unique assets could be at risk of disappearing forever.
Mkomazi covers more than 1,200 square miles in northeastern Tanzania. Within those borders is a 21-square-mile enclosure, circled by electric fences and guarded by armed Tanzanians.
And inside that fence are 15 rhinoceroses, with more on the way if all goes according to plan.
Tony Fitzjohn, who runs the sanctuary along with his wife, Lucy, is in charge of maintaining population growth and protecting these animals from the poachers that have been increasingly aggressive in recent years.
"Do whatever you can, whatever it takes, whatever it costs," Fitzjohn said to the Telegraph. "Otherwise we lose another species, and it happens to be a fairly big one, and a fairly old one... You have your flagship species for a reason. Take the elephants and the rhinos out of the eco system and you'll be left with a few billion gazelles running round -- and suddenly this huge great wonder of the world will be destroyed in front of us."....