Rhino poaching is on the rise in South Africa
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.
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The impact of poaching on Private Wildlife Custodians
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2 month progress report on baby Giraffe
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Supporting the hero rangers who protect our wildlife
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Update on injured baby Giraffe
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The art of immobilisation
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Dr. Johan operates on two Big Cats!
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Update on our little boy Kwayera
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Injured three week old Giraffe needs our help!
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Dr. Johan translocates 2 awesome Lions!
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“Ear piercing” a Rhino!
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Saving The Survivors treat yet another poaching victim
This week Saving The Survivors got the call of yet another poaching incident. Luckily, the Southern White Rhino Bull managed to escape with his life, although he did sustain some nasty injuries. The adult Southern White Rhino Bull was shot and initially he was slightly lame on his right frontlimb. As the days progressed, the … Continued
Update on our Black Rhino orphan
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