From the team at BBC Wildlife Magazine

“New rhino species discovered”, claims scientist

Until now only five rhino species have been recorded but after an unexpected sighting in a South African reserve, there may be a sixth. 

Published: April 1, 2015 at 8:48 am
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In an article published in the journal African Mammals Lord Rataxes has revealed that the image (above) taken in Kwandwe Game Reserve, South Africa, indicates that a red rhino species does exist.


The well-known scientist told BBC Wildlife: “Further investigation into the picture and research conducted at the reserve for a year using camera-traps and DNA sampling have provided sufficient evidence.”

PhD student Celeste Babar took the image in January 2014 while working for conservation organisation The Rataxes Foundation.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and shared the image with the rest of the team straightaway,” she said.

The image triggered a secret study that gave researchers time to gather information on the new species.

Conservationists have welcomed the exciting news but have called for measures to ensure the red rhino is protected from poachers.

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Jo PriceDeputy editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine

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