The northern white rhino did not get the same opportunity to repopulate.
White rhinos and black rhinos are two different species, and contrary to popular belief, both are gray. The two species are very similar, but black rhinos have a pointed lip to help them pick fruit from trees, while white rhinos have a square lip that helps them graze.
In March, the last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, died in Kenya. Only two northern white rhinos are left in existence: Sudan’s daughter Najin and his granddaughter Fatu. Both are at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
This is the kind of decline Mr. Matlakeng hopes to avoid in the case of the black rhino.
“Working together as a continent, we should continue to strive towards overcoming the plight of extinction of our iconic species, that define our common heritage,” he said.