Conservation

Rhino Conservation

Since 2006 there have been over 2000 rhinos lost to poaching in South Africa. In 2008 the number shop up to 83, from 13 in 2007. By 2010 the figure had soared to 333, followed by 448 in 2011 and 668 in 2012. During 2013 a devestating 1004 rhino were needlessly butchered for their horns. Over 90% of surviving rhinos are now in South Africa as the populations elsewhere in Africa and Asia have been decimated. During 2014, 1215 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa.

 

DEA releasted stats:
Number of rhino poached - 24 October - 899
Latest arrests in relation to rhino poaching and horn smuggling - 24 October - 282
Update on rhino poaching statistics -22 September 2014
Position statement on legalising the international trade in rhino horn - April 2013
Goverment condems killing
Dehorning Report (DEA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poached Rhino

In the wild the adult rhino has no real predators ;  its only real enemy is human. Despite its reputation for being tough, the rhinoceros is in fact very easily poached, due to its daily habit of visiting the watering hole, making it an easy target for poachers whilst it drinks.

Rhino poaching has increased by 3000 % in the last 5 years, feeding the demand of the illegal trafficking of rhino horn and creating a global wildlife crisis, which has its culprits in the West as well as the more easily recognized countries of Africa and Asia.

Composed of keratin, the horn of a rhinoceros, has the same physical composition as a human fingernail, making it completely ineffectual as a cure for cancer, impotence or recreational drug. Its appeal stems from its rarity. Its rarity fuels its value. Its value increases its desirability.

This desirability also has a price ;  that of extinction. The world’s rhino population has declined by 90% since 1970, with in excess of 1200 animals being butchered in South Africa last year alone (2014).

Our aim is to stop this needless slaughter by lobbying governments to outlaw the horrific trade ; increase security in vulnerable areas ; help finance the continuation of breeding programmes ; create awareness in local and global communities and above all eradicate demand for the priceless placebo that is rhino horn.

Script/article produced by Julia Bradfield.

 

 

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