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SALUTE RHINO HEROES ON RHINO DAY

It’s Rhino Day on 22nd September. This year, WWF is saluting rhino heroes, the brave men and women who devote their lives to defending rhinos. Some of them lose their lives.


South Africa’s rhinos are still facing a poaching onslaught, caused by the illegal rhino horn trade driven by demand from Asia. Rhino poaching is often carried out by well-armed, international criminal syndicates using sophisticated technology. More than 280 rhinos have already been killed by poachers this year.

The courageous effort of rhino heroes must be backed up at other levels. This includes making sure that those guilty of rhino crimes do not walk free on technicalities, and that punishment is commensurate with the crime. In South Africa, officials have begun to conduct more rigorous prosecutions and impose stricter sentences. WWF has called for a corresponding commitment by countries in Asia where illegal demand for rhino horn is driving poachers.

How can people help WWF help rhino and those who defend them?

  • Promote Rhino Day on 22nd September.
  • Raise funds or donate money. Unfortunately, rhino conservation is expensive and ongoing. Poaching is a constant reality in spite of the massive efforts on the ground by the heroes who defend our rhinos.
  • Report anything suspicious to your local conservation authority.
  • Visit game reserves. Share your love for rhinos with people who don’t yet understand their plight.

What does WWF do?

WWF works with government and the National Prosecuting Authority to improve forensic investigation of rhino crime scenes and improve the knowledge and skills of the people who prosecute rhino crimes. With TRAFFIC, WWF engages the Vietnamese and Chinese governments to address Asian demand for illegal rhino horn. WWF strengthens capacity-building through training of wildlife conservationists at the South African Wildlife College and funds security equipment and training of rangers at key rhino populations.

Security is a critical part of rhino conservation but it is also essential to encourage rapid growth of rhino populations. WWF does this through the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project which creates significant new black rhino populations. So far six founder populations of black rhino have been released on to new sites. Nearly 100 black rhino have been translocated, and more than 30 calves have been born on project sites

African rhino population statistics

Black Rhino: Approx 4,838 . Classified as critically endangered

White Rhino: Approx 20,000, up from fewer than 100 in 1900. Classified as near threatened

Poaching Statistics

South Africa:

2010: 333 rhinos total

2011: About 280 by September

All of Africa:

Over 1000 rhinos poached since 2006

Rhino Horn Demand

The increase in demand for rhino horn over the past few years has largely been attributed to a new demand from Vietnam. Vietnamese government officials have been implicated in horn trade and are believed to comprise many of the consumers of rhino horn.

Rhino horn was removed entirely from the official pharmacopoeia of traditional Chinese medicine in 1993. Its use in traditional medicine was in the treatment of high fevers. Contrary to popular belief, rhino horn was never used as an aphrodisiac. It is composed of keratin, the same substance as hair and human fingernails.

Poaching in Africa has been increasing since 2007 when we began to witness the introduction of more sophisticated techniques. A turning point in prosecutions and sentencing has been reached with wildlife crimes being taken more seriously in court. The longest sentence before 2009 was 2 years, but now because of better evidence handling and more rigorous prosecutions, some poachers and smugglers are receiving between 8 and 16 years in prison.


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