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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Between 2003 and 2005, 60 percent of the world’s Rhino population were killed in Kenya and Somalia by wildlife traffickers.


According to a report by the AFP, wildlife traffickers are able to profit selling exotic animals on the black market.

A smuggler in Taiwan offers a dead bear for sale at prices of $4,500 per bear.

Meanwhile, tigers that have been poached in India has caused the Royal Bengal tiger population to decline by 50 percent between 2002 and 2007. Poachers offer tiger skin for sale on the black market for up to $16,000.

Across the Arab regions, a popular item for men is to have a rhino horn dagger. These daggers are created out of rhino horns that were cut off of the rhino. The daggers are offered for sale on the black market for $14,000.

The entire wildlife trafficking industry is estimated to generate up to $1 Billion in illicit revenue in Indonesia.

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China  is the biggest market in the world for tiger bone, leopard cat, rhino horn, and sea horse worldwide.

Environmental organizations estimate that China imports up to 15 tons of elephant ivory each year in addition to the wildlife mentioned above.

Source: Ben Davies, Black Market: Inside The Endangered Species Trade in Asia, (California: Earth Aware.2005) , pg. 29.