"The battle is to work out what is feasible scientifically in the short time still available to us," Ol Pejeta chief executive Richard Vigne told AFP.
WildAid ambassador Yao Ming traveled to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2012 to meet the Northern White Rhinos living there. "It's tragic to know these impressive animals are among the last of their kind, just because some people believe their horn, which is just keratin like our fingernails, has healing properties," Yao wrote of the visit.
Eyes in the sky
On the anti-poaching front, drone technology, and the targeted use of such technology to help enforcement, is becoming more sophisticated in Africa.
A primary player is the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, which has devised analytical models that factor in moon phases, weather, sites of previous poaching activity and other variables to predict with up to 90 percent certainty where rhinos are likely to be at night, when poachers typically strike.
"We crunch the data, and the model tells us precisely where we should deploy our rangers, on any specific night, so they will be in front of the rhinos and can intercept the poachers before they reach the target animal," University of Maryland visiting professor Thomas Snitch wrote in The Conversation.