Rhino poaching worldwide is poised to hit a 15-year-high driven by Asian demand for horns, according to new research.
Poachers in Africa and Asia are killing an ever increasing number of rhinos—an estimated two to three a week in some areas—to meet a growing demand for horns believed in some countries to have medicinal value, according to a briefing to a key international wildlife trade body by WWF, IUCN and their affiliated wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.
An estimated three rhinos were illegally killed each month in all of Africa from 2000-05, out of a population of around 18,000. In contrast, 12 rhinoceroses now are being poached each month in South Africa and Zimbabwe alone, the three groups told the 58th Standing Committee meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Standing Committee.
My good friend Julie Edwards devotes her life to saving this endangered species. 50% of proceeds of sales of this work go to Julie’s dedicated work at the Hokoyo Wildlife Trust in Southern Africa. www.hokoyowildlife.org – website still being set up but please stay posted!
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