In Africa, we are currently seeing a systematic and calculated reduce in rhino numbers within their natural habitat. The number of poached rhinos has been increasing yearly over the past 5 years.
It has been stated that South Africa has been experiencing severe poaching pressure before and have defeated it. However today because of the inflation price of paid rhino horn, poachers are able to employ a range of which is different from the traditional poaching methods. Highly financed industry such as these are able to afford the latest technologies and buy services of skilled people and influential officials, who has become a concerning issue.
Conservation, challenges and opportunities:
When it comes to conservation, challenges and opportunities arises.
What is the challenge? To find lasting solutions to an problem which will secure the future for rhinos.
What is driving the increased rhino poaching in south Africa?
The demand for rhino horn. Asia believes it has some traditional healing power.
South Africa has the largest rhino population in the world of both white and black rhino. We have traditionally been seen as a difficult environment within which poachers could operate. As the easier targets (i.e. other countries) have lost all their rhino, so the demand has shifted to South Africa . We also know that crime of all types is rampant in this country and rhino poaching is an extension of this.
- The current economic crisis hit at a time when the incidences of rhino poaching were low. We have seen exponential increases in these incidences as the global recession gained momentum. One of the concerns is that private landowners (as well as public departments) may have cut back on security measures as a result of budget cuts. This would then expose increased opportunities for the criminals.
What you can do to stop poaching?
This is an ideal opportunity for every South African to become involved in conservation and preservation of their heritage. To the public official, we thank you for doing everything and to continue your duties in the protection of rhinos. Applauds goes out to all the arrests that they have made.