Protection and Monitoring of Free-Ranging Black Rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater

Susan McConnell
Grantee Frankfurt Zoological Society
Type Protected Area Management
Location Tanzania
Species Black Rhino
Grant Amount $100,000
Duration 1 year

The eastern black rhino population found in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro-Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem is the most critically endangered of the three black rhino subspecies in Africa, and this population is rated by the IUCN-SSC African Rhino Specialist Group as continentally key. The RRF’s grant to Frankfurt Zoological Society will provide additional support and improvements to the capability of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority to protect and monitor their black rhinos, as well as improve their ability to find outlier rhinos and provide protection. This will be done through improving rhino protection infrastructures, upgrading the rhino capture and monitoring capabilities, maintaining the upkeep of vehicles, and initiating a special joint rhino tracking unit.