Photo Friday: Optimistic / Southern White Rhino

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Photo Friday Challenge: Optimistic

This week’s Photo Friday Challenge is “Optimistic” and when I think of optimism, I think of the wildlife conservation efforts for endangered species, such as the several species of endangered rhinoceros. Even though the task is daunting, many scientists, philanthropists, and ordinary people are giving their time and resources to the support and study of bringing back endangered species from the brink of extinction.

The photo above was taken at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and features a southern white rhino. This is the only species of rhino that is not endangered (although they are classified as Near Threatened). Southern white rhinos were thought to be extinct in the late 1800’s, but in 1895 a small population of less than 100 individuals was discovered in South Africa. Since the discovery of this population, conservation efforts including protection and management has led to a current population of more than 20,000 animals that exist in protected areas and private game reserves.

If we can work to bring back endangered animals to sustainable numbers, I see more than enough reason to be optimistic!

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