Rhinos in South Africa


South Africa says it lost 124 rhinos to poachers this year

Accoirding to South African National Parks rhino poaching throughout the country continues to escalate at an unprecedented rate since the beginning of the year.

To date South Africa has lost a further 32 rhinos, bringing the overall number of lost rhinos this year to 124. The SA National Parks have lost 55 rhinos, while the provinces have lost 38 rhinos collectively and the private sector has also collectively lost 31 rhinos. Of the rhinos lost, 5 were black rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis/Diceros bicornis minor) and 119 white rhino (Ceratotherium simum simum).

The rhinos lost through poaching throughout the country constitute approximately 0,6% of the estimated white rhino population of 19,409 and approximately 0,3% of the 1,752 estimated black rhino population.

High-tech poachers target rhinos BBC video

The South African wildlife service says poaching of rhinos is escalating at an unprecedented rate with more than 50 killed so far this year.

International park becomes frontier in Southern Africa’s rhino

Rampant rhino poaching is casting a dark shadow over the pride of southern Africa’s ambitious transfrontier-park program. Rhino killers are ruthlessly exploiting the open international boundary running through what is known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park to carry out their dirty work.

Poachers typically down a rhino in South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park and then hotfoot it back into Mozambique’s adjacent Limpopo National Park. The horn, sawed or hacked from the quarry, eventually passes through conduits to syndicates back in South Africa and on to markets in Asia.

Rhino poaching on the rise in South Africa

The plight of a baby rhino whose mother was left to die after poachers drugged it and sawed off its horn has highlighted a resurgent threat in South Africa from criminal poaching gangs.

Poaching an increasing problem facing South Africa’s rhinoceros

Poachers killed a record number of rhinos in South Africa last year and are already on track to surpass that number again in 2010, an expert with the country’s national parks said Friday.

Volunteer Work with Black Rhinos in South Africa

The Black Rhino Research Programme is primarily based in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi National Park in South Africa, a 96,000 hectare reserve which holds approximately 10% of the world’s black rhino population as well as all of Africa’s “Big 5” wildlife – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and white rhino.

Black rhinoceros are a critically endangered species and their conservation in the wild requires a strong scientific basis in ecology and behavior.  Research primarily focuses on (1) how individual black rhinoceros respond to capture and release and (2) how the populations of black rhinoceros from which individuals are removed, and into which others are released, are influenced by those removals and re-introductions. Our hope is that a better understanding of these aspects will help population managers enhance black rhinoceros breeding and survival in the wild.

WWF – Boost for rhinos in South Africa

With WWF support, 2 successive surveys were carried out in South Africa to determine the status of white rhinos on private land. These surveys not only showed that private owners were holding a significant proportion of Southern white rhinos but increasingly black rhinos were also moving into private hands.

There is clearly scope here to further improve rhino conservation through more significant engagement with private landholders. This calls for the provision of expertise and funding to hold a stakeholder workshop and develop a more strategic approach to the conservation of the rhinos using meta-population management methods.

South Africa has gained international acclaim for its effort to conserve both black and white rhinoceroses which were brought back from the brink of extinction. The conservation successes have enabled the official nature conservation agencies, especially the Natal Parks Board, to offer surplus white rhinos for sale to private land owners since the 1970s, and black rhinos since 1990.

The Rhinoceros in Southern Africa

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