South Africa is home to nearly 80% of the world’s rhino population.
Between 2013 and 2017 over 1,000 rhino were killed each year. There is no doubt that Africa is hit hardest by rhino poaching.
- 827 killed in 2014
- 826 killed in 2015
- In 2017, 1,028 rhino were slaughtered in South Africa. This is almost three rhino killed each day
421 killed in 2018
- A projected 332 will be killed in 2019
While poaching in the Kruger National Park is decreasing, it remains a delicate haven for the largest portion of the world’s remaining rhino population. However, this positive sign does not mean that rhino are now thriving. It shows that in 2018 at least two rhino were killed each day.
This is our urgent plea. Haraka. For Africa.
Africa’s rhino, a short discovery
A hundred years ago there were over one million rhino in Africa. Today, they are on the endangered list.
A significant portion of the world’s remaining rhino live in the Kruger National Park.
Africa is at a critical point. If there is not an urgent intervention, this near-prehistoric species will soon be extinct.
The illegal wildlife trade is now the fourth largest criminal industry in the world after drugs, arms, and human trafficking. Both the white and the black rhino species are tragically critically endangered across Africa due to the poaching of their horns.
Due to their body size, rhino are hardly scared of being attacked by any natural predators. The only deadly predator they have come across in the wild is HUMAN.
Ironically, it is also HUMANS who have the ability to save them from extinction.