Oct 10

Rhino Poaching in Africa

Rhino poaching in Africa has catapulted into a serious problem

Help stop rhino poaching in Africa by becoming aware of the stats and become actively involved in the preservation of these magnificent species.

The latest rhino poaching in Africa statistics indicate that 430 rhinos have been killed since the beginning of 2012 in South Africa alone.

Soul Adventures is deeply saddened by the number of rhinos poached Africa  and South Africa last year. We call on the South African government to act decisively to protect rhino populations.

According to government records, some 448 rhinos were slain in 2011, of which 252 were killed in the Kruger National Park alone. The number includes the poaching of 19 critically endangered black rhino, of which there are fewer than 5,000 left in the wild.

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As the recent increase in poaching has been linked to increased demand in Asian markets for rhino horn, governments in Asia and Africa must coordinate their actions to stop the illegal trade. It is not enough to target individual poachers when a complex network exists that is supporting the international trade to places like Vietnam.

For more information about what you can do to get involved with this issue, visit Project Rhino, an association of like-minded organisations working on rhino conservation projects aimed at eliminating poaching.

Launched on World Rhino Day 2011, (22 September), this association of like-minded organisations, collectively known as Project Rhino KZN, allows for over-arching co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino populations in KZN.

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