The southern African countries of Namibia, Zimbabwe and south Africa hold 90%of africa’s remaining black rhinos and white rhinos. Unfortunately over the last couple of years the numbers of poached rhinos is skyrocketing as more than 1000 were killed in one year in South Africa alone. Due to the high demand of rhino horn this illegal act of cruelty continues.
1,028 rhino were poached in 2017, a slight decline (26) from the 1,054 animals killed in 2016, however still too many this works out at around 3 rhinos being killed every day in South Africa. Even though poaching is down in Kruger National Park, it is significantly up in other provinces, particularly KwaZulu-Natal.
Unfortunately in Africa there is not very much that can be done, even people who are paid to protect them have been seen and known to betray them, gangs of poachers spread across the borders killing rhinos on their way to sell their horns on the way, even though the numbers being poached are less there is still too many being killed.
why are rhinos being poached ?
Rhino horns are highly prized, estimated to be worth up to $60,000 per kilo on the black market, this amount of money comes to no suprise for activists and it also shows how greedy certain people can be, it shows as a species many humans are happier killing, abusing, and watching animals as they either preform or tortured or killed. Either way our species is more interested in money then anything else to many, humans should be at the top of the food chain, but that is not necessary it isn’t a competition.
Another method could be to dehorn the animals when ever there is enough to remove as if a Rhino is dehorned without cutting into the skull, it can grow back to almost full size after three years. However, if the rhinos skull is cut into while being dehorned it will most likely die. However an issue with this is, it is known that rhinos use their horns for several behavioural functions, including defending territories, defending calves from other rhinos and defending calfs from predators.
” Their horns and tusks are stolen because they are made of ivory, a rare and precious substance. It’s an organic material, made by certain animals such as the narwhal, the elephant or the rhinoceros. ”
Any animals with ivory will be targeted. Elephants are also poached in very similar ways. Some of the animals could even have young which would be forced to watch its parent die then soon after die itself as its mother can no longer look after it or defend it.
It is such a shame amazing stunning animals are killed for profit for humans, like captivity these animals are only being harmed because people are making money from it. When we as a species have nearly wiped a species out it is our job to try and bring them back again and conserve the species we have let down . We will fight till the cruelty ends… Extinction is forever…
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