Earthwatch Volunteers Fight to Save the Black Rhino in Kenya

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Esteemed neurologist Gayle Rebovich, MD leads the Stroke Program at the Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Alongside her lifesaving work in the American hospital, Gayle Rebovich, MD frequently lends her time and skills to charitable pursuits around the world. Among her many service projects, she has visited both India and Kenya to work with the Earthwatch Institute.

The Earthwatch Institute is dedicated to protecting the Earth and its inhabitants from all manner of threats, with a particular emphasis on problems caused by human activity. Since 1971, the international charity has worked diligently in order to change the world through education and advocacy.

Earthwatch members are currently working in Kenya to save the black rhino. Listed as critically endangered, black rhino numbers have dwindled from 20,000 in 1970 to just 540 today. Efforts to save this animal center on Earthwatch’s large-scale data collection project.

Volunteer researchers are busy studying the black rhino’s habitat requirements in order to learn how best to help them. Earthwatch participants are studying their territorial patterns, food consumption, and interactions with other non-human animals. This information will allow them to improve upon current nature reserves in the region and allocate resources in the most efficient way possible.

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