APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - It's been just under two years since KARE 11 Sunrise meteorologist Sven Sundgaard traveled to Namibia with the Minnesota Zoo to learn about the poaching epidemic in Africa.
Recently, Jeff Muntifering of the Minnesota Zoo was back in the U.S. and gave Sven an update on his team's efforts in Africa.
Namibia is in year four of a severe drought blamed largely on climate change. Precipitation patterns have become more extreme and less predictable.
"We are hopefully coming out of one of the worst droughts in living memory," Muntifering explained. "Some areas have literally not gotten a drop of rain. We've actually lost a lot more rhinos because of the drought."
While climate change is contributing to dropping rhino numbers, Muntefering and his Minnesota Zoo crew will continue to strengthen their anti-poaching efforts through community involvement.
To learn more about the Save the Rhino Trust, which is helping to save the black rhino population, visit the organization's website here.