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RHINO POACHING

January 2, 2017

 

 

In 2016 alone, 1,054 rhinos were reported killed in South Africa. This is a slight decline from 1,175 in 2015 but still represents a loss in rhinos of approximately 6% in South Africa, which is close to the birth rate,

 

Poachers kill rhinos for their horns, which are mistakenly believed to cure a variety of ailments from fevers to blood disorders to hangovers. The rate at which they're being killed means their population remains perilously close to the tipping point.

 

While I know that the fight is ongoing and that there doesn't seem to be one solution, I'm interested to know your thoughts on dehorning. Let us know your opinions - and please support the organizations that fight tirelessly to preserve and protect the Earth and the animals that grace us with their presence.

 

 

Some of our favourite are :

 

Save The Rhino

www.savetherhino.org

 

One Green Planet

www.onegreenplanet.org

www.worldwildlife.org

 

World Wildlife (South Africa)

www.wwf.org.za   

 

 

 

The following excerpt is shared from the WildArk blog as a tribute to the incredible work that anti-poaching units do in order to protect rhinos and other endangered wildlife.

 

 

"Since 2007, poaching of wildlife and in particular the poaching of White Rhinos, Black Rhinos and African Elephants, has been at the forefront of the conservation battle in southern Africa. The combination of increasing demand for rhino horn and ivory as well as high black market prices in Asian markets (especially Vietnam and China) has fuelled increase in poaching (Ferreira et al. 2014).

 

South Africa has by far the largest population of rhinos in the world and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation. From 2007–2014 South Africa experienced an exponential rise in rhino poaching — a growth of over 9,000%!

 

Rhino horn has been used in traditional Asian medicine as a perceived cure for everything from cancer to hangovers, however the recent spike in demand has been driven by an increasing desire for rhino horn as a status symbol in Vietnam. Global education campaigns by WildAid in both China and Vietnam have been used in an attempt to educate those purchasing rhino horn and reduce demand. However the illegal trade in rhino horn continues to persist.

 

In South Africa, around a quarter of the total population of rhino are found on private land. The owners of these reserves and game farms are increasingly hiring specialized companies that focus on the protection of wildlife and the apprehension of poachers

 

Most illegal activity occurs in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which is 19,485 km2 (almost 2 million hectares) in size and lies on South Africa’s north-eastern border with Mozambique (Ferreira et al. 2014). The Kruger National Park consistently suffered heavy poaching loses, and so in the last few years the South African government and international donors have channelled ever more funding and resources into securing the Park."

 

 

 

 

 

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