RHINO POACHING & POPULATION STATISTICS
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Latest news on 2015 Poaching Stats - Regular Updates stopped by DEA Minister Molewa.
Thank you to Stroop - Die Film for posting this response from DEA.
StopRhinoPoaching.com has always gone out of its way to support Government, but the Minister’s move to stop the reporting of regular poaching stats is incredibly shortsighted. Of all the points listed above, it’s a pity DEA hides behind “no regulations or legal obligation to publish stats” when South Africans from every walk of life have invested emotionally and financially in the rhino cause.
Thousands have donated their hard-earned R20/ R500/ R1 000 +. Children have given pocket money, birthday money, held cupcake sales on pavements. Groups have teamed together and created fundraisers, businesses have donated percentages of sales, the international community has donated to an animal they may never even see….
Global attention is on South Africa and how the DEA is handling the rhino crisis…..and like good old ESCOM, our Minister of Environmental Affairs flicks the switch and keeps the world in the dark.
MILLIONS of Rand have been donated, by far the majority having gone towards the security of state owned animals. The Minister deciding to withhold stats from the public has a ripple effect in two critical areas –
1) Regular stats kept RHINO SECURITY in the spotlight through regular media features. This encourages the public to keep supporting security related projects – funding that is desperately needed to keep rhinos alive in the first place.
2) Withholding stats breeds mistrust at a time when the DEA and our Government can least afford it. Rather than hiding the figures, which are far higher than the figure made public at last week’s Committee of Inquiry Workshop, surely it’s better to tell the truth and educate the public on why this is such a challenging crime to address despite all the interventions?
Yes Minister Molewa, you may not have a legal obligation to the public, but how about a moral one?
2013 Official Stats
2012 Official Stats, including annual stats from 2012.
2011 Official Stats issued by SANParks on 09 January 2012:
2010/2011 stats. The following graph was created by StopRhinoPoaching.com:
RHINO POACHING STATS IN AFRICA
RHINO POPULATION STATISTICS
2012 RHINO NUMBERS:
IUCN’s Species Survival Commission’s (SSC) African Rhino Specialist Group: Experts predict that if poaching continues to increase at this rate, rhino populations could start to decline in less than two years’ time.
“Well-organized and well-funded crime syndicates are continuing to feed the growing black market with rhino horn,” says Mike Knight, Chairman of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, a group of rhino experts within IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. “Over the past few years, consumer use of rhino horn has shifted from traditional Asian medicine practices to new uses, such as to convey status. High levels of consumption – especially the escalating demand in Viet Nam – threaten to soon reverse the considerable conservation gains achieved over the last two decades.”
There are currently 5,055 Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and 20,405 White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Africa.
Click here for the full CoP16 Inf. 51 report - Latest Trends in Rhino Numbers and Poaching.
Click here for the CoP16 Doc.54.2 (Rev. 1) Report on Interpretation and Implementation of the Convention Species Trade and Conservation - Rhinoceroses .
The latest figures for South Africa should be released soon.
2008 POPULATION OF WHITE RHINO ON PRIVATE LAND
Source: Louis van Schalkwyk, as published in the Landbou Weekblad in an article by Dr Kobus du Toit. See our History and Uses page for these articles in Arfikaans.