Feeling rather despondent today about the rhino poaching crisis. Hearing news that despite increased efforts we are still losing this war on rhino poaching. Cannot imagine Tom’s children or grandchildren not being able to sight these magnificent creatures in the wild. “In the first rhino war, between 1970 and 1994, Africa lost more than 50,000 rhinos. All range states except South Africa were severely impacted. Although the Apartheid government reportedly smuggled rhino horn and elephant ivory out of Angola and Mozambique, there was very little poaching within South Africa. Through the entire period, the South African rhino population grew unaffected by poaching. The country’s southern white rhino population recovered to some 20,000 individuals from a low of fewer than 100 individuals in the early part of the 20th century.
Demand for rhino horn from Yemen for dagger handles was funded by the Saudi oil boom. In Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and other Asian countries, demand was for the traditional medicine market. In 1994 this war ended, as Asian countries banned sales of rhino horn, enforced their bans, and carried out public education to reduce demand.
For around 15 years rhinos across Africa and Asia were recovering, and very little poaching occurred. Everything changed in 2008, when South Africa began to experience a devastating assault on its rhino population. The second rhino war appears to have been stimulated by organized crime, the emergence of Vietnam as a new player in the rhino horn trade, and increasing affluence in China, which has reinvigorated a market that had been dormant for 15 years. In South Africa, the recent rhino crisis has been facilitated by corruption, procedural incompetence, and a failure to prosecute mid and higher level trade operators.
South Africa’s response in fighting the second rhino war has been focused on paramilitary intervention in Kruger National Park. Although more than 300 poachers have been shot, few middlemen and even fewer kingpins have been brought to justice.” Great article written by Susie Watts, from @wildaid for more go to this URL - goo.gl/STm8et - or click on the link in my bio. #bts #wildlife #endextinction #thisissouthafrica #freeandwild #potd #everysinglerhinocounts #africageophoto #bigcats #tanzania #stoppoaching #rhinos #krugernationalpark #elephants #worthmorealive #africa #savelions #conservation #antipoaching #lions #savetherhino #film #ivoryfree