IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group
The African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) is one of the 100+ Specialist Groups in the Species Survival Commission of IUCN – The World Conservation Union. Its mission is to promote the development and long term maintenance of viable populations of the various sub-species of African rhinos in the wild. Membership consists of official country representatives from the main African rhino range states and other specialists.
The AfRSG develops recommended best practices for rhino conservation activities and has produced an Action Plan for the conservation of African rhino species. AfRSG members have also assisted conservation agencies in Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe develop national or organizational rhino conservation plans, strategies and policies. The Group has also developed a system for priority rating both populations and potential projects to help donors spend their money effectively.
The AfRSG meets every two years to share knowledge and information, collect and update rhino population numbers at a continental level and discuss specific rhino conservation issues.
Important rhino conservation documents produced by the AfRSG can be downloaded below.
Status, Conservation and Trade
A report from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and TRAFFIC to the CITES Secretariat pursuant to Resolution Conf. 9.14 (Rev. CoP15)
Joint Rhino Report for the Sixteenth Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna Conference of the Parties (2013)
International Union for the Conservation of Nature formal resolution on the conservation of rhinoceros species in Africa and Asia (2012)
Statement from the African Rhino Specialist Group Secretariat Concerning the Avaaz Petition (2012)
Summary of rhino related discussions and outcomes at CITES CoP15 (2010)
Report on the status and trends in rhinos and trade issues worldwide for 14th CITES Conference of the Parties (2007)
Guidelines for the In Situ and Translocation of African and Asian Rhinoceros (2009)
Translocating black rhinos: current techniques for capture, transport, boma care, release and post-release monitoring
Pachyderm, the journal of the African Elephant, African Rhino and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (ongoing)
African Rhino Action Plans
SADC Regional Program
Guidelines for Implementing SADC Rhino Conservation Strategies
Contact Information for the African Rhino Specialist Group
Dr. Michael H. Knight
Chairman, IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group
c/o Conservation Services South African National Parks
PO Box 76693 NMMU 6031
Port Elizabeth South Africa
Tel: +27-41-508 5411
Fax: +27-41-508 5415
Dr. Richard Emslie
Box 1212 Hilton
South Africa 3245