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Namibia reports record numbers of Rhino poaching for 2022

Poachers turn their sights on Namibian Rhino.

The number of endangered Rhinos poached in Namibia last year was the highest on record and almost twice as many as the year before, officials say.
A total of 87 Rhinos were killed compared with 45 in 2021, official government data show.
However, Elephant poaching in Namibia has declined from a high of 101 in 2015 to just four last year.
Showing that poachers are targeting Namibia and in particular their Rhino.

Read more from the BBC here

Why are Rhinos being poached?

Unfortunately, Rhinos are subject to poaching attempts due to the high commodity of their horns. There is particularly high demand for their horns in Asian markets, especially in China and Vietnam, leading to a high price. Rhino horns are popular traditional Asian medicines and also perceived as symbols of wealth. This is all despite their horns being the same materials as our fingernails, keratin.

 

It is important to remember that poaching usually occurs as a result of limited work opportunities and the premium price of the animals. Therefore, by poaching animals, people have more money to feed themselves and their families. Therefore, it is important to consider the social and politic dynamics of why poaching might occur. STS believe it is  important to engage local communities in conservation work in order to stop poaching and save wildlife.

 

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