Many people want to know, why their is an increase in rhino killings and what they can do to get involved or make a change!
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.