Environment / Endangered Species




The Hard Facts

Since 2008, 5940 rhinos have been killed in Africa

There are only ± 28 000 rhino’s left in the world, if the current world wide poaching of rhino’s continues of which the majority is carried out in South Africa, where the largest populations of both black and white rhino occur, the reality is that the last rhino could be poached in 2030. This means that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will only be able to see rhino’s in Zoo’s and not in the wild.

Table 1 This table indicates the total amount of rhino poached in South Africa for 2015.



Table 2 This table shows the poaching trends since 2000.



The current statistics for poaching in 2016 for South Africa is ± 450 and the current poaching rate is 3 rhinos per day.

BLACK RHINO

The following are numbers of the 4 black rhino sub species left in Africa:

Diceros bicornis Minor 2323
Diceros bicornis Michaeli 799
Diceros bicornis bicornis 1959
Diceros bicornis Longipes Extinct

The reality is that in 1700 there were 850 000 black rhinos in Africa then in 1970 they were reduced to 65 000 and by 1995 there were a total of 2 410 left. However, through the concerted efforts of conservation officials in Africa this number has increased to + 5 000.

WHITE RHINO

Southern White Ceratotherium simum simum 20 405
Northern White Ceratotherium simum cottoni in the wild “Extinct”

The White Rhino history is a huge conservation success that in the late 1890’s there were only ± 31 left. The above figure shows how the conservation has increased those numbers. The largest population of which is situated in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The tragedy of this is that currently through the extensive poaching in this park they are losing 3 rhinos per day.

In addition to the back and white rhino of Africa there are three species of Asian rhino, these consist of :

Javan 40
Indian 3 300
Sumatran Rhino 100

The Javan and Sumatran rhinos found mainly in Indonesia and the Great One Horned Indian being located mainly in India and Nepal, these three sub species are also suffering at the hands of poachers.

The illegal trade of rhino horn is mostly being conducted by the East. The main consumers are Laos, Vietnam and China.

In Vietnam the average price of rhino horn per 100 grams is ± 5000 US Dollars.

THE LIONS OF MULTIPLE DISTRICT 410 HAVE LAUNCHED AN INTERNATIONAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO ENHANCE THE AWARENESS OF THE WORLD-WIDE PLIGHT OF RHINOS AND TO ENSURE THAT WE PLAY A PART IN THE ERADICATION OF THE POACHING OF THESE AMAZING ANIMALS

Our Vision

A Global awareness carried to the highest authority to ensure that the plight of the Rhino is taken seriously by the International community. This will include the United Nations, ALL Governments, every local authority that is or that could potentially be involved as well as the General Public.

All donations can be deposited into the following bank account:

Account name: Lions Clubs International Multiple District 410
Bank: First National Bank
Branch Code: 210317
Account No”: 52160044189
Reference: Rhino Project MD410




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