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Rhino poaching is on the rise in South Africa

Official : Rhino poaching in South Africa is up on last year with poachers shifting their focus away from the Kruger as they take aim on Rhinos elsewhere.
The official Rhino Poaching stats have been published today by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment in South Africa. {see full report in link below.}
The highlights from the report states that the total number of Rhino poached in the first 6 months of 2022 equate a total of 259 individuals. This is sadly 10 more than figures state for the first six months of 2021. The document states that poachers focus has now moved away from the Kruger national park and to KwaZulu-Natal and private reserves.
While we believe actual figures are higher, this underlines the importance of our work supporting Rhino custodians in private properties, safaris and reserves that do not benefit from Government funding.

What is poaching and why are Rhinos suffering from this?

Poaching describes the illegal killing and trafficking of animals and plants.

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.

With your support we can rescue every poaching survivor we are called to help.

How can I help save the Rhino?

Remember that our work is only possible with your support. Please donate to ensure that we are always on hand to tend to Africa’s most special species. You can support our work by becoming a monthly or one-off donor. Donate here.

Alternatively, follow us on our social media and share our stories to give these vulnerable animals a voice. With your help we can raise awareness of the issues these animals face and make a change. Check out our other supporters views on facebook. Or check out our instagram here.

Remember it is your donations that make our work possible, our services are needed now more than ever! Thank you for your ongoing support and helping us create hope from hurt.
You can read the full report report from South Africa’s department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment here:

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