IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:
In the last decade, poachers have killed almost 10,000 rhinos across Africa to feed the demand for horn on the black market. The IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) exists to promote the ...
In the last decade, poachers have killed almost 10,000 rhinos across Africa to feed the demand for horn on the black market. The IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) exists to promote the development and long term maintenance of viable populations of the various subspecies of African rhinos in the wild.

Group leadership

Dr David BALFOUR

Chair

Following two decades in formal conservation in South Africa, I embarked on a freelance career consulting in conservation ecology. My formal experience has largely been focused at the interface ...

Following two decades in formal conservation in South Africa, I embarked on a freelance career consulting in conservation ecology. My formal experience has largely been focused at the interface between science and management – using science to guide conservation management decision making. I spent ten years as a savanna park ecologist before taking on roles in senior and executive management in a conservation agency. With a master’s degree in forest ecology and a PhD in savanna ecology I have extensive field experience in both ecosystems as well as in arid ecosystems. Over 60% of my time as a consultant draws on my specialist expertise in large mammal management and my perspectives on strategic approaches to tackling the challenges of the day. I have a particular interest in grappling with how conservation management decision making can be improved through incorporating an understanding of ecological, behavioural and institutional processes. I am a longstanding member of the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group and the African Elephant Specialist Group as well as the SADC Rhino Management Group which I currently chair. I have delivered work for UNEP, INTERPOL, African Governments, conservation NGOs and private individuals.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group
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