Over 1,000 Rhinos Poached in South Africa Last Year

Number of rhinos killed illegally has more than doubled since 2011

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A record number of rhinos were poached in South Africa last year, the country’s department of environmental affairs announced Friday. The spike in poaching has reportedly been driven by Asian demand for their horns.

The department reported 1,004 rhinos were killed illegally in 2013, up sharply from 668 the year before and 448 in 2011. The majority of attacks have taken place in Kruger National Park—606—even with its park service using drones and helicopters to sniff out suspected poachers. So far this year, 37 have been poached—close to three per day. South Africa’s rhino population is estimated to hover around 20,000.

(MORE: Poachers, Not Big Game Hunters, Are the Real Threat to Endangered Rhinos)

The horns are smuggled out of South Africa to Asia, specifically Vietnam and China, where they are viewed as a status symbol and used in traditional medicine.

The World Wildlife Fund issued a statement Friday from Dr. Jo Shaw, rhino program manager for South Africa, calling on South Africa and Mozambique—where many horns leave the continent—to make arrests higher up the trafficking chain to deter future killings.

[Reuters]

17 comments
FlyontheWall
FlyontheWall

The real enemy is dimwitted Asians.....know one ever accused Asians of being smart.  These Asians pay big bucks for what is essential keratin protein, and nothing more......they think this nothing substance is an aphrodisiac and can cure common diseases.  Nasty dumb Asians, stop killing these Rhino's along with the Rich American DIRTWADS please

Stang05
Stang05

As long as the demand for ivory and rhino horns is present in the backward minds of the Asian populace, these animals will continue to be eradicated. No amount of protection will enable them to survive, as you can't have 20 soldiers surrounding each animal.

Hawkphan
Hawkphan

Karl - you might want to get the whole story about the "dirtwad" from Texas.

The part of story the "main stream media" and headlines didn't report is that he can only hunt an "old" black Rhino who can no longer reproduce and is aggressive towards young Rhino's. When Rhino's get old, they kill off young. By killing an aggressive old Rhino that can't reproduce, they are helping the population grow. The Rhino is going to be killed, either by someone from Namibia or a hunter. At least this way they were able to raise $350,000 to help grow the population of endangered animals.

This is not poaching by any means of the definition.

Once again - great example of "dirtwad's" like Karl who comment without knowing the entire story...

Karl
Karl

And in Texas a dirtwad passing as a man has hired a security team to protect him after his name was leaked on line. He had paid $350,000 for the "opportunity to experience a Black Rhino" i.e. safely kill a 2,000 pound horned beast in guaranteed safety. And he's discomfited that anonymous has threatened "to experience a dirtwad". The world is hopelessly full of dirtwads. Can't we all just agree to get along and where there is a scrap of land left somewhere where a Rhino can make a decent living grazing just look at it in passing in our air-conditioned safari van and then return to our smart phones?

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

When is someone going to do something about the demand side of this disgusting slaughter? The Chinese and Vietnamese should be publicly and severely criticized for fueling demand. We could all help by writing, calling, or sending emails to their embassies telling them how appalled we are. These countries want to move into first world status they should act like one. It does no good to just complain about the evil nature of some humans, action is required.


Read more: South Africa: Over 1000 Rhinos Poached In 2013 | TIME.com http://science.time.com/2014/01/17/over-1000-rhinos-poached-in-south-africa-last-year/#ixzz2qfxXNPz9

Hawkphan
Hawkphan

@Stang05 I agree that the demand is for the ivory.  USA inforces ownership of "new" ivory more than any other country.  We can jump up and down and yell and scream all we want about stopping poachers from using ivory but if other countries don't do the same poaching will continue.

Karl
Karl

@Hawkphan  I'm going to assume you know more about this hunt than me. I didn't know Namibia, that place that used to be German and then South African West Africa, the one famous for its' Skeleton Coast where herds of elephants are seen migrating along ancient paths through ocean side sand dunes, was the site of this hunt. I am not too old or proud to be educated. If it's true what you say, especially about the old male Rhinos being a threat to the young (I don't know but I do know that 1/3 of a million dollars means a lot in a place like Namibia and could go a long way toward providing the locals with an incentive to preserve some of these critters). If that's the case - I say go for it. But the guy with the bucks to experience a Black Rhino would rise in my estimation if he forgoes the easy experience and paid to have the critter airlifted to an American zoo. And also Black Rhinos are pathetically endangered. And the bottom line to me and most people is we want to save what we can of creatures like this and if Dirtwad is part of that, then I'll shut up. But I still can't feel much gratitude for a man who can kill something so rare and majestic and that includes the King of Spain who lost his reputation a couple of years ago on "an elephant hunt". I know hunting is taught from father to son but there are creatures out there so rare, so rare that to want to kill one verges on something sick in humanity. So while I would accept ANYTHING to save the Black Rhino, how can someone go to Africa to experience that. Bring a giant old male Black Rhino to your local Texas Zoo, one that is about to be culled, would be something a man could be proud of, with his family, his church, and the public on line. But I take your point. But this dude could enable many many fellow Texans to experience a Black Rhino if he spent some more bucks to brink it back to the county zoo, and I would do more shut my mouth. I'd smile and pat him on the back.




JoeVa
JoeVa

@Hawkphan 

They have a similar story line to excuse the killing of Elephants, Giraffe, Lions and any other large game that people with money want to hunt.  Must be nice not having to think for yourself Hawkphan.  Try using your own brain every once in a while, you might find it interesting to research facts for yourself, analyze them and come to a conclusion all on your own.  

ElGraff
ElGraff

@Hawkphan  how on earth did animals survive before hunters & their guns?  YOU are the one who needs to educate yourself & stop making excuses for rich people & their thirst to dominate, abuse and kill.  God, get a lif!

JoeVa
JoeVa

@Hawkphan

Yeah, that is what this guy and the people organizing this hunt have been telling everyone.  You can't believe everything you hear.  Rhino's have been around for thousands of years without wealthy American hunters paying large amounts of money to "experience a black Rhino".  It is amazing that they never went extinct before we were there to help them out by killing off all these "old and aggressive non reproducing Rhino".  You are no Rhino expert.  You have no idea what you are talking about.  You are just repeating the BS they are putting out there to justify this killing as if it is fact.  Do a little research.  Rhino's are solitary animals and the only time they are together is for mating purposes then they move along on their way.  

Hawkphan
Hawkphan

@Karl you may want to research the entire story Karl...

Hawkphan
Hawkphan

@JoeVa @Hawkphan   Thanks Joe - I will try using my brain.  Great insightful advice.  Next time you are in Africa (by the way, I've been there several times and contribute much financial aid to people in need there) stop by Namibia and interview them on rhino's...  

Hawkphan
Hawkphan

@JoeVa @Hawkphan Joe - it's the Namibia government saying the old Rhino's need to be killed.  It is a practice that THEY have been doing for several years.  Believe what you want - fairly sure you are no more of an expert than I...

FlyontheWall
FlyontheWall

@Hawkphan @Karl Having researched the whole story myself.....it is awesome to see this Texas dirtwad get stalked and hunted himself.  I would never wish evil on him, but I find the irony of it amusing.

Hawkphan
Hawkphan

@JoeVa Would love to chat more but some of us have to work.  Nice chatting with you.