South African Rhino Poaching – Figures reach a new high (or should that be a low) in 2012

One of the things I love the most about travelling to South Africa, is that we get the unique opportunity to see wild animals living in their natural habitat.

To me, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a pride of lions caring for their cubs, new baby Springbok finding their feet, and the sound of a herd of Wildebeest running across the open plains… but it seems not everyone feels the same.

Poaching is now reaching critical levels in South Africa, and as the demand for ivory ornaments and rhino horn remains, and sadly grows, these magnificent species of elephants and rhinos that we all take for granted, will soon be gone for good.

South African minister Edna Molewa, finally issued a press release last week with the final poaching tally for 2012, and the statistics are very grim indeed.

In 2012, a total of 668 Rhino’s were poached in South Africa – almost 2 per day.  Of those 668, 425 were poached in the Kruger National Park, 30 of which were poached in the last 11 days of 2012 alone.

This staggering figure is up 30% on the 2011 tally of 448 Rhino’s poached in South Africa, and up 50% on the 2010 total of 333.  In the first few days of 2013, 5 Rhino’s have already been killed for their horn, indicating that this year may live up to its unlucky name for this endangered South African species.

With corruption rife, and an increasing demand for rhino horn, the fate of these gentle giants doesn’t look good, and if you dream of seeing the Big 5 on safari in Africa one day, you might want to go sooner rather than later!



5 Comments Add yours

  1. nydgzz says:

    Oh no, that’s no good! Rhinos are one of my favorites! Gonna start saving for my safari trip:) Great blog! Thanks for following mine as well.

    1. You are most welcome!! Thanks for returning the favour – we truly hope you get to see Rhinos in the wild…

  2. stephglaser says:

    Gorgeous photos — it is so tragic that poaching is on the rise again. It’s hard to believe anyone would want to harm these magnificent creatures. Thanks for sharing and thanks for following Travel Oops! I look forward to seeing more of your posts! Steph

    1. Thank you Steph! I know, it is so heartbreaking to think what people will do to these magnificent creatures – and its all for nothing – Rhino Horn is not medicine!! Thanks for following, we look forward to reading your posts 🙂

  3. raastha says:

    Valuable piece of information. The numbers are scary indeed. This is happens in many Asian and African countries. Though there have been good attempts by wild life supports to stop poaching, corruption provokes these acts. I wish the government takes some action sooner before they become extinct.

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