Outdoor Advocacy

Protectors Become Villains

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There are less than 40,000 rhinos left in existence in the world. Despite being protected, they are still the victims of poaching for their horns as medicinal substances. In the Great Limpopo Transfrontier, a sanctuary for these animals, they have now been completely wiped out with the help of the game rangers.

The administrator of the park said, “It is tragic beyond tears that we learn game rangers have now become the enemy in the fight to protect rhino from being poached for their horns.” 668 rhinos were poached last year alone.

The problem with rhino poaching for their horns is one of global concern, and it needs to be talked about on a global scale. You can read more about the issue on the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s site.

Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus Sumatrensis)How many rhinos are left?
Great question. Statistics from a Guardian environmental report in 2011 estimates there to be at the time close to 3,000 Indian greater one-horned rhinos left, but they are on the rise. These rhinos live around the foothills of the Himalayas in India and Nepal. The White Rhino – who live primarily in southern Africa – had around 20,150 left at the time. These are the rhinos that have been completely wiped out of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier. The Black Rhino was estimated to be around 4,860 (on the rise), and these live in southern and eastern Africa. The Javan rhino lives on the western area of the island of Java. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only about 40 of these rhinos left on the planet. The Sumatran rhino has only an estimated 275 left in it’s family. They live along the south-eastern part of Asia.

The Sumatran, Black and Javan rhinos are all critically endangered, the Greater One-Horned rhino is vulnerable and the White Rhino is near threatened all according to the World Wildlife Fund.

The best thing that we can do for all of nature is to be educated not only to know what’s going on, but how the average person can help.

By James Kennedy

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