Rhino Protection – Why is there a need?
Today there are fewer than 30 000 rhino left throughout Africa and Asia combined.
Today there are five species and 11 subspecies of rhinos surviving on earth. Two species (Black and White) occur in Africa. Three species (Greater One-horned rhino, Javan, and Sumatran) occur in Asia, according to the International Rhino Foundation.
- Over 200 rhino have been slaughtered already in 2013. Kruger National Park has been the hardest hit.
- 448 rhino were killed in 2011 and 668 in 2012.
- 232 arrests were made for poaching in 2011. “Well-organized and well-funded crime syndicates are continuing to feed the growing black market with rhino horn,” says Mike Knight, Chairman of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group.
- The Asian market is the single biggest driver of the trade. There is a common belief that the horn has widespread medicinal properties.
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