RHINO POACHING & POPULATION STATISTICS
Stats updated 13 August 2014.
A special thank you to Richard Buy of RIC Consulting for the following graphs (stats as at 30 July) :
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.