“Rhino poaching and illegal horn trade are at their highest levels in twenty years, threatening to reverse years of conservation efforts, particularly in Africa.
There is no doubt that the rhino species are facing a serious crisis.” –Tom Milliken, TRAFFIC
In the time it takes you to read this blog, a rhino can go from peacefully grazing to bleeding and hornless!
Did you know…it only takes 10 minutes for a poacher to shoot, hack off a South African rhino’s horn(s) off of his face, and be gone?
Did you know…rhino poaching in South Africa has increased by 5000% (2007-2012)?
Dating back to the 19th century, the African white rhino was already endangered and fighting for its survival. Early conservation efforts prevailed. New hope for the rhino was born.
Fast forward to 2013.
Earlier this year, the South African government announced that a record 1,004 rhinos were poached last year, up from 668 (a record at the time) in 2012.
Just think…these are only the deaths they know about!
If that’s not bad enough, it was also reported that only three weeks into the new year 42 rhinos had been killed! As of this publishing 277 have been lost.
And what about those horns that were cut off when you began reading this blog?
They will be on sale in the shops in Asia, and on the streets of Vietnam, in only two days.
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By Nikela Volunteer Wendy Sotos