Rhino Poaching, Border Patrol, and the Dual Militarization of South Africa’s Kruger National Park Elizabeth Lunstrum Department of Geography, York Univers…Read more
The year isn’t even over yet, and a record for rhino deaths in South Africa has sadly already been set.
The year isn’t over yet, and already a record for rhino deaths in South Africa has sadly been set.
Current documentation places the number at around 690, already eclipsing last year’s total of 668.
In 2007, only 13 were reported.
The majority of the killings took place at South Africa’s Kruger National Park where 425 rhinos have been slaughtered since January.
Exterminations among the animals are expected to outnumber births, putting the population into a state of decline, says WWF’s rhino coordinator.
The escalating death toll is the result of increased poaching to meet the rising demand for the animal’s horns.
Throughout Asia, and especially in Vietnam, the horns are seen as a symbol of social status.
Earlier this year a survey of 720 inhabitants of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City was published.
The report’s authors revealed that for the most part rhino horn customers are “educated, successful and powerful individuals.” A common use of the horns is to gain favor in networking situations.
One of South Africa’s anti-poaching plans is to transition the matter from being a conservation concern to one of national security.Read more
South Africa has lost 275 rhinos to poaching this year, up from 13 in 2007, with a recent swing to private reserves which hold about a quarter of the country’s rhinos. One of the latest victims was a huge male, which died on Thursday after having its horn sawn off by poachers. Poachers sell the horns, which fetch up to fifty thousand dollars per kilo, for use in Asian medicinal treatments. Duration: 01:07.Read more
SAfrica Rhinos South Africa’s anti rhino-poaching units to be trained in special forces tactics.Read more
Nearly 600 rhinos have been killed this year in South Africa as poachers continue their plunder of the prized Rhino horn. (Nov. 27)Read more