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Zero Rhino Poached in India!

For the first time since 1977, zero Rhinos were poached in Indias parks.

In May 2021, a new Chief Minister of the Indian state of Assam set out to thoroughly put an end to poaching in the state’s protected areas.

Now 20 months later, the forestry and police departments of the state have reported that 2022 saw no Rhinos lost to poaching, the first time since 1977.

Sadly, it is a different story for African countries, with South Africa seeing 259 Rhinos poached in just the first 6 months of 2022!

Could other countries that are home to Rhino learn some lessons?

Read the full story 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.

 

How can I support the work Saving The Survivors do?

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.

 

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

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