ConservationSave A Rhino
South Africa is home to more than 80% of the world’s Rhino Population. There are currently only an estimated 25,000 Rhinos left in the world. In 2017 alone, 1028 Rhinos where poached (5% of the total Rhino population, one Rhino out of seven are victims of poaching activities). More than 300 South African farmers own Rhinos on their private game farms and game reserves. Most of these farmers are unfortunately unable to afford adequate protection of these Rhinos. The estimated livestock value of a Rhino Bull is $10,300 USD and the Rhino Cow. While the value of the front horn (4 kg.) has been traded for an estimated $65,374 USD in 2014 to end purchasers and $100,000 USD per kg., the value of a 4 kg. horn would be between $285,00 USD and $370,680 USD.
Most of the Rhinos owned by private farmers have no protection against poachers. Once information is received that an attack is planned on a farmer’s Rhinos, the farmer has no support from the local police, Nature Conservation Department, South African Army, or any other organization. The police sometimes offer their services after a Rhino has been poached.
A catastrophe is taking place before our eyes. If we do not act our Rhinos are facing extinction within the next 15 to 20 years. Join an OLI trip to South Africa to see what is being done and learn how you can help.