By Audrey Ray
Did you know poachers are illegally killing rhinos for their horns, at the rate of one approximately every 11 hours according to National Geographic? People from Asia are buying the horns on the black market because they believe the horns have healing powers against diseases like cancer. But that is medically not true.
Did you know that the last known rhino living in Mozambique died in April 2013? The rhino is now extinct in that country because poachers have killed them off.
South African rhino poaching has been a problem since 2010. In 2010, 333 rhinos were poached. In 2011, 448 were poached. In 2012, 668 were poached. As of June 2013, 446 have already been poached. The rhino poaching has increased at alarming rates. I’m afraid poachers might wipe out the rhino population in South Africa too.
South Africa has the largest rhino population in the world. Most of them live in Kruger National Park which is on the border of South Africa and Mozambique. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world. People are desperate and will put their lives at risk for money. Mozambique doesn’t have strict laws against poaching. Poachers enter Kruger National Park along the border.
South Africa is working hard to save the rhino. In Kruger, their rangers are armed to protect the rhinos from poachers. The park also has help from the South African army, helicopter patrols and drones. But it’s not enough because more and more rhinos are dying.
It seems all too real to me. I can’t imagine life without rhinos. They are not the best-looking animal, but if you have ever seen one in person, you know there is a unique beauty to them. More....