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Rhino Poaching Factsby Dalene Ingham-Brown

Rhino poaching facts are constantly changing with legistation and operations adapting in hope of protecting Africa's dwindling numbers of the much loved stocky addition to the Big 5 family. To follow are the latest rhino poaching facts, to help everyone get up to speed on the issue.

Due to the high cost of security, and in some cases personal security, of rhinos across the country in both private and open game reserves, rhino poaching is seriously threatening eco-tourism in South Africa. Rhino poaching facts include that over 200 rhinos have already been slaughtered in 2012. We are looking at a staggering number of murdered rhinos declining the population of this precious big five creature at an alarming rate.


Above: African rhino

With the rhino slaughter rate being so high, communities and travel industry professionals, government and individuals alike need to start pulling together in working towards a solution and putting preventative measures in place, getting tourism involved and pushing projects to get the job done.

A 10-day rhino awareness walk through the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park wilderness earlier this year has led to some serious energy pouring into anti-poaching via eco-tourism while promoting international involvement and engagement with initiatives. Following the success of &Beyond and Africa Foundation's 'Footprints of Hope' rhino awareness walk, the teams are now returning to communities to help inspire and educate youth on recent facts about rhino poaching.

Endangered Black Rhino

&Beyond rangers, Africa Foundation development officers, and the Kruger National Park Section Rangers will give regular important updates on the plight of the highly endangered black rhino, urging people to report all poaching activity anonymously to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.

Latest Rhino poaching facts:

2012 Statistics

Nothing portrays rhino poaching facts better than cold, hard statistics.

Kruger National Park remains the main hunting ground for poachers and the most effected having lost more than 162 rhinos in the first half of 2012. Limpopo adds more than 34 rhinos to the illegal slaughters; KwaZulu-Natal lost more than 25 and the North West Province has had 24 rhinos killed. According to News 24, SANParks announced that the latest statistics show over 245 rhinos have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2012 with 161 arrests. There have been 173 arrests made during the course of the year which include 138 poachers, 10 were receivers, six couriers/buyers and seven were exporters. Being able to report that these criminals have been caught is the best kind of rhino poaching fact in the lot.

Rhino poaching facts about hunting permits

On the issue of issuing permits for trophy hunting, government has amended the norms and standards for the marking of rhino and rhino horn and for the hunting of rhinos for trophy hunting in order to strengthen requirements relating to hunting. Authorities consider whether the country of residence of the hunting client, where the rhino horn and trophies will be imported to, as well as the legislation in place ensuring that the rhino horns and the rest of the hunting trophy will be used for the purpose only as indicated on the permit.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has recommended all provincial conservation authorities responsible for issuing hunting permits refuse any applications for white rhinoceros hunting by foreign hunters whose usual state of residence is Vietnam; until such time that Vietnam has confirmed in writing, that all rhino trophies exported since 2010 are still in the possession of the hunters. A list of permits endorsed at OR Tambo has been provided to Vietnam. Since these measures have been implemented, the number of applications for hunting has reduced and no further applications from China, Vietnam, and Thailand have been received. All hunting applications are submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs for verification that applicants have hunted only a single rhino within a specific calendar year. Based on the register kept by the Department, no further applications from alleged consumer countries have been received.

Reporting Rhino Poaching

It is important that international effort is made. Any and all incidents of rhino poaching can be reported or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings can be made by calling: 0800 205 005. The effect of rhino poaching in South Africa is massive and reflects negatively on us as a nation and worse still on the continent.  Standing together against such devastation is the only way to combat it. South Africa and the world need to take the necessary steps to stop poaching in its tracks. These rhino poaching facts are very real. Go out and enjoy an African safari with a chance of spotting rhino while you still can. Enquire now.

About the Author


Above: Jacqueline Freer Jacqueline has a career background consisting of nightlife eventing and entertainment fused with hospitality then blending with branding and business and over the past few years focusing on digital media. Her personal passions include the arts, travel, food, film and photography. Jacky is a social media expert, PR professional, blogger, copywriter, events designer and digital journalist with a passion for music. Jacqueline Freer is the MD and founder of Inrichmint Media Studios & Recordings, both divisions under the same brand name.


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