RETURN of the RHINOS Project
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Poaching is contributing to the extinction of hundreds of species, including tigers, bears, elephants, and rhinoceroses.
White rhinos are classified as Near Threatened, with less than 18,000 left in the wild. They are they only species of the five rhino species not classified as endangered. The Javan rhino is critically endangered with only 75 left in the wild.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) banned the international trade of rhinoceros horn in 1977, and there was a decline in poaching through the 1990s, especially for the black rhino population
Criminal syndicates in South Africa can transfer a poached rhino horn by truck from Mozambique (also known as “Poacher’s Alley) to Asia within 24 hours.
From a 12-month period ending in July 2014, there were 27 reported deaths of park rangers in Africa, with 80% of those killed by poachers.
668 rhinos killed
In South Africa, between 1990 and 2007, there had not been more than 36 rhinos poached in any single year. In 2012 reportedly 668 rhinos were killed by poachers, more than half being in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.