Rhino Poaching

News, information and statistics about the poaching and rhinos in Africa. Data about rhino poaching and rhino horn sales are collected from wildlife charities, security intelligence agencies and other public information sources.

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According to the WWF, there were 534 rhinos in Nepal at  the end of 2011. The number was 99 rhinos higher than the 435 figure counted in 2008. The rise in rhinos was attributed to an increase conservation effort by the communities of Nepal and increased security against poaching activities.

Source:  AFP, “Nepal winning battle against rhino poachers,” Google News, May 11, 2012.

A report by the Associated Press reported that doctors in Vietnam sell crushed rhino horns for  an average price of $10 (200,000 Vietnamese Dong).

More prices of the illegal wildlife trade.

Source:  Associated Press, “Vietnam Craves Rhino Horn; Costs More Than Cocaine,” ABC News, April 4, 2012.

EUROPOL reported that 72 rhino horns were stolen from museums in 15 European countries in 2011. The horns are believed to be stolen to be used for medicinal purposes in Asia.

A kilogram of crushed rhino horn in a powder form  can be sold on the black market in Asia for up to $55,000.

Source: Associated Press, “Vietnam Craves Rhino Horn; Costs More Than Cocaine,” ABC News, April 4, 2012.


Between January 1 to March 28, 2012, poachers in South Africa killed 150 rhinos. In Kruger National Park alone, 87 rhinos were killed by poachers.

90 people in the country were arrested during the three month period for poaching activities.

Source:  SAPA, “Poachers kill 150 rhino in 2012,” IOL News, March 29, 2012.

A record 443 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa in 2011, an increase from the 333 killed in 2010.

In the Kruger National Park alone, 244 rhinos were killed. Authorities killed 21 poachers and arrested 78 people in the area of the park during the year.Over 95 percent of the cases were believed to have involved poachers from neighboring Mozambique.

Source: Leon Marshall, “Record 443 Rhinos Killed by Poachers in South Africa in 2011,” National Geographic, Daily News, December 14, 2011.

A study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund in 2004 found many illegal wildlife products available for sale in New York City.

The study researchers visited 22 stores and found 14 stores selling tiger bone products, 10 selling leopard bone products, 5 selling rhino horn products, and 6 selling products derived from bear bile.

(List of endangered species sold illegally.)

Source: Heather Haddon, “New York’s Black Market for Tiger Medicines,” Wall Street Journal, Metropolis, December 27, 2011.

In July of 2011, there were six rhinos reported to have been killed for their horns in Kenya. The number of rhinos killed for the month was the same number as the number killed in all of 2008.

Source: Jessica Hatcher, “Deadly trade: rhino horn poaching surges,” Telegraph, December 10, 2011.

341 rhinos have been killed in South Africa in the first 10 months of 2011. In 2010, a total of 333 rhinos were killed. In 2000, 7 rhinos were poached and killed by wildlife smugglers.

(Prices of animals on the illegal wildlife market.)

Source: Tony Carnie, “Rhino toll the worst ever,” IOL News, November 3, 2011.

Between 2000 and 2007, an average of 12 Rhinos were killed each year in order to meet the supply of rhino horns on the world black market.

In 2010, 333 rhinos were killed for their horns.

In the first 8 months of 2011, over 200 were poached and killed.

(Price list of endangered species.)

Source: Michael McCarthy, “Britain urges Asia to act over surging trade in rhinoceros horn,” Independent, August 15, 2011.

In an article in the Guardian, a museum valued a stuffed Rhino head at $81,000 (50,000 British Pounds) as an artifact for insurance purposes.

That same rhino head, which was stolen from the museum, can be sold on the black market for its medicinal use in China for $325,000 (200,000 British Pounds).

In a span of six months in 2011, 20 cases of rhino horn theft from museums have been reported to police across Europe.

The value of a kilogram of rhino horn sold illegally was reported to be $97,000 (60,000 British Pounds) in August of 2011, almost double the price of $57,000 (35,000 British Pounds) at the start of 2011.

(All endangered animals prices.)

Source: Esther Addley, “Epidemic of UK rhino horn thefts linked to one criminal gang,” Guardian, August 8, 2011.