Every Day a Rhino is Killed in Africa
Problem: The Rhino poaching crisis has reached an all time high with over 400 rhinos killed this year due to poaching. No longer is it poor, sustenance hunters, taking animals as to feed their family – now organized syndicates are raiding game parks and wildlife sanctuaries to satisfy the increasing demand for rhino horns.
Where: The epicenter of the crisis lies in Southern Africa. However, it is consumers in Southeast Asia, which continue the poaching epidemic.
Why Rhinos are being killed: Although it has been proven that the horn has absolutely no medicinal benefits the poaching crisis continues, even though its sole purpose is for medical uses. The demand is not decreasing despite the numerous media coverage on the crisis; instead, as rhino numbers grow fewer, poaching for these animals become more profitable to those who wish to exploit wildlife in the worst way.
What is being done: Media coverage, educational messages, and captive breeding programs are all organized to back the fight to save rhinos in Africa. However, it seems that the most direct action is also the most effective. Counter-poaching patrols and “Rhino guards” are the frontline in conservation efforts. These men put their lives on the line in an effort to stop these poachers in their tracks.
How you can help: Rhinos will not be saved overnight. It will be a long fight to ensure that Rhinos will never know extinction. Here are ways you can help.
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