Eight Rhinos Poached in New Year

It has been less than two weeks into 2012 and already eight rhinos have been poached in South Africa. They were found in Kruger National Park, shot with AK-47s apparently by criminals who entered from Mozambique.

Last year about 450 rhinos were poached in South Africa, with 252 in Kruger park. If you are unfamiliar with Kruger, it is South Africa’s largest wildlife park, visited by tourists from all over the world. The South African army has been called to help prevent the poachings by working with police, but the criminals are well-organized and sometimes employ hi-tech devices such as night vision goggles, and even small helicopters, so they can land undetected at night and get away before they can be apprehended.

What drives the poachers is high demand from Asia for useless traditional medicines, but rhino horn is composed mainly of the same material found in human fingernails and toenails, called keratin. Meaning not only are rhinos dying for no reason, the people who pay top dollar for it are wasting their own money and fueling the destruction of one of the world’s largest mammals, which are at perilously low numbers.

The last rhino in Vietnam was killed off, due also to ridiculous claims rhino horn is medicinal.

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89 comments

jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago

very sad news

Carrie Anne Brown

very sad news, but thanks for sharing

Sarah W.
Sarah W.4 years ago

so much to save, so easy to destroy...

Carolyn Smith
Cally Smith4 years ago

Why oh why is this happening. Didn't we lose the Vietnamese and the Black rhino to extinction last year?? Where the hell are our donations going? The Rhino Trust are talking about cutting off the horns - this is so very sad VBUT IT IS THE ONLY WAY to stop the poaching - we MUST do this if only to allow numbers to increase. Or should we just wait thinking someone is protecting them and then hear the news we all dread - another beauty lost to extinction.....

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley4 years ago

Very sad.

Adrianne P.
A P.4 years ago

sad. :(

Shin Takahashi
Shin Takahashi4 years ago

I do agree "just shoot poachers on sight" above mentioned post,yeah shoot them as how they did to rhinos. Moreover, to prosecute who demands rhino and its products.We must save rhino.

Jane L.
Jane L.4 years ago

Why don't they prosecute the people buying the rhino horns? As long as there is a demand for this, no one will be able to end the senseless killing of Rhinos. I agree with Nina. Shot poachers on site until poachers get the message.

Nyack Clancy
Nyack Clancy4 years ago

Thats alot in such a short period of time. Another 10 years there wont be any left to shoot. I really hope a tiny mosquito carrying malaria find these poachers. They have karma coming.

Brooke Sams
Brooke Sams4 years ago

Disgusting.