To date, a staggering 635 Rhinos have been reported as poached in South Africa in 2013, with the real numbers possibly being higher.
Rhino poaching is considered by some to be a low risk - high reward activity with an increasingly affluent market for rhino horn in the east, and this is responsible for driving the numbers of Rhinos poached ever higher. To date, a staggering 635 Rhinos have been reported as poached in South Africa in 2013, with the real numbers possibly being higher.
There have, however, been some inroads into addressing the crisis and this World Rhino Day the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) invites you to celebrate some of the victories acheived in the battle to end Rhino poaching.
“The EWT believes that there is no single solution to addressing illegal wildlife trade, which is an increasing global phenomenon, estimated to now be the third largest illegal industry worldwide after drugs and human trafficking. Wildlife trade often has its roots firmly established in organised and trans-boundary crimes. For this reason the EWT’s Rhino Project is implementing interventions at several stages in the poaching and wildlife trade chain,” said Kirsty Brebner, the EWT’s Rhino Project Manager.
These interventions include:
- Improving the detection of wildlife contraband through the deployment of wildlife detection dogs. Thus far the EWT has deployed four sniffer dogs at airports with plans to secure dogs in additional airports throughout South Africa;
- Improving the detection of wildlife contraband through capacity building and training with more than 100 border officials from OR Tambo International Airport having already completed training in Wildlife Trade and Environmental Legislation; More....