The other day I was really taken back by a post I saw on Instagram of a Rhino that was brutalized for a poacher. I do not think I’m educated enough on the subject of poaching, rhino conversation or the layers of politics involved. However, I can shed some light on the people who do.
Why are Rhino’s being poached?
“Poaching, driven by consumer demand for rhino horn primarily in Asia, poses the biggest threat to rhinos. Most of these horns find their way into the illegal market in Vietnam, where criminal networks grind up the horns for use in traditional medicines or sell them as a high-value gift item. China is an important consumer market as well, where rhino horn enters art and antique markets and is sometimes acquired as an investment purchase.
As the growing middle class in both China and Vietnam become more affluent and can afford the high cost of rhino horn, they are driving up the demand on the international black market. Rhino poaching levels hit record highs in 2015, with poachers slaughtering at least 1,300 rhinos in Africa.”
Below are Rhino population statistics. (Source: https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/rhino_population_figures)
The Conservation Inperative’s website has a free documentary which provides a great breakdown of Rhino poaching and convervation
A new documentary, DisUnity, is being made which dives deeper into the conflicts within the conservation movement. For more information go here:
An Indiegogo campaign for the relaunch of the film ‘Last of The Rhinos Documentary Film’, has also started. Please go to their campaign page for more information and donate if you can.
Education about Rhinos and other Endangered Species: http://www.bagheera.com/
Organization helping to conserve viable populations of rhinos in the wild: https://www.savetherhino.org/
The biggest Rhino sanctuary in the world: https://www.careforwild.co.za/