The past few years have been rough for the Rhino populations of the world. Poaching, habitat loss, and invasive species have been chipping away at different Rhino species.
In 2007, only 13 rhinos were illegally killed for their horns in South Africa, but the numbers then surged to meet demand as affluence grew in Asian economies such as Vietnam and China. A total of 1,028 rhinos were poached in 2017 in South Africa, and year end statistics are expected to be no better for 2018.
Estimates vary, but South Africa is believed to be home to 80 percent of an estimated global population of over 20,000 rhinoceroses.
Making it the front of the poaching crisis. Even while there is an international ban on the trade of rhino horn; local rangers, and troops struggle to fend of the crime syndicates looking to end this species in pursuit of money. There are many initiatives working to curb the poaching wave. Some include plans to relocate and breed new populations on Texas ranches, others have launched educational campaigns highlighting the animals’ plight.
Soldiers For Wildlife looks to take the fight to the poachers. We work tirelessly to fund, train, and empower National Park Rangers and Anti-Poaching Rangers, so that they can better fight for the beautiful animals that can’t defend themselves.
If you are interested in reading more about the state of the rhino, please check out the International Rhino Foundations 2018 Report on the State of the Rhino: