How many rhinos have been poached in 2019?
In 2019, 594 rhinos were poached for their horn in South Africa. However, WWF is very aware that the apparent reprise provided by lockdown restrictions due to Covid-19 in 2020 was only a temporary pause and that the pressure on rhino populations, particularly in Kruger National Park, remains very high.
How many rhinos are killed by poachers?
South Africa has reported a decline in the number of rhinos killed by poachers, which officials say is partly the result of Covid-19 lockdowns. Last year, 394 rhinos were killed for their horns in the country, a fall of 33% from the 594 recorded in 2019, the environment ministry said.
Why is poaching still happening?
Underlying all poaching is the demand for animal products. Reduce the demand for ivory, horns, hides and other products, and you cut the heart out of the poaching industry. For many products, demand is driven by traditions, many of which don’t stand up to the scrutiny of science and the realities of the modern world.
Is rhino poaching still happening?
The current rhino poaching crisis began in 2008, with increasing numbers of rhino killed for their horn throughout Africa until 2015. Thankfully, poaching numbers have decreased across the continent since the peak of 1,349 in 2015. Yet, a rhino is still killed every day: there is a lot more to do.