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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In the first six months of 2011, nearly 200 rhinos were killed and poached in South Africa.

333 rhinos were killed in 2010, 122 killed in 2009, and 83 killed in 2008.

There are about 24,000 rhinos left in Africa.

The increase in poaching of rhinos is due to the increase in demand for ivory products in Asia.

Source: Bettina Wassener, “Rhino Poaching Threatens Conservation Gains,” New York Times, Green Blog, July 6, 2011.

The price for a kilogram of rhino horns being sold on the criminal market was $55,000 at the start of 2011.

Source: Karen Allen, “Three ‘rhino poachers’ shot by rangers in South Africa,” BBC News, February 7, 2011.

Wildlife trafficking caused 333 rhinos to be killed in South Africa in 2010.

In 2009, 122 rhinos were killed in the country due to the black market wildlife trade.

(Prices of animals sold in the illegal wildlife trade.)

Source: WWF, “Rhino poaching in South Africa reaches highest ever levels in 2010,” January 12, 2011.

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1,500 Rhino horns have been sold between 2007 and 2010 despite a worldwide ban. The sales are driven by demand for the horns in the Middle East and Asia.

(Prices of wildlife on the black market.)

Source: Jane Flanagan, “Rhino poaching on the rise in South Africa,” Telegraph, July 18, 2010.

Around 1,500 Rhino Horns were trafficked on the black market between 2006 and 2009.

Source:  Robyn Dixon, “Surge in rhino poaching devastates African populations,” Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2010.

In 2009, 122 rhinos were killed by wildlife traffickers in South Africa.

Source:  Robyn Dixon, “Surge in rhino poaching devastates African populations,” Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2010.

Wildlife trafficking of Rhinos led to 95 percent of all rhino poaching in Africa between 2006 and 2009 to take place in Zimbabwe (235 Rhinos killed) and South Africa (210 Rhinos killed).

Source: “‘Global surge’ in rhino poaching,” BBC News, December 1, 2009.

The killings of rhinos in Africa was at a 15-year high in 2009.

In addition, in 2009 there were 3 times as many rhinos being poached per month in South Africa and Zimbabwe than the average of poached rhinos for all of Africa between 2000 and 205.

 

Around 120 rhinos were killed by wildlife traffickers in Zimbabwe between March 2008 and June 2009. The rhinos were killed by the traffickers in order to meet the demand in China’s for rhino horns.

There were between 400 to 700 rhinos left in Zimbabwe in 2009.

(Price of endangered animals around the world.)

 

In the early 1970s, the global rhino population stood at 75,000.  Due to wildlife trafficking and smuggling, in 2008 the global rhino population stood around 11,000.