By Andrew Van Ginkel, Durban, South Africa, 19 April 2016
Pseudo-hunting, Trophy Hunting and Rhino Poaching
South Africa is home to 93% of the rhinos in Africa. At the start of the 20th century there were only 500,000 wild rhinos on earth. By 1970 this number had dropped to 70,000, today the estimated number of rhinos left in the wild is 29,000. Uncontrolled hunting, poaching and the loss of habitat are the main reasons for this huge drop in rhino populations.
Poaching of the endangered black rhino caused a 96% drop in their numbers from 65,000 in 1970, to just 2,300 in 1993. Increased security measures and conservation projects have helped to raise their numbers to just over 5,000. The southern white rhino population dropped to 50 in the wild by the 1900s. Conservation initiatives were implemented and successfully brought their numbers back up to just over 20,000. However…
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