More than one thousand rhinos killed in South Africa


A picture made available on 30 March 2015 shows rhino caretaker Mohammed Doyo feeding twenty five-year-old female northern white rhinoceros, Najin (C), at Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Nanyuki, some 200km north of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 18 February 2015. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a home to three - one male and two females - of the last five remaining rhino subspecies on the planet. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), more than 2,000 northern white rhinos were remaining as late as 1960. However, a massive surge in poaching has left the world with only 15 animals in 1980, and only five by year 2015.

1,175 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2015. According to officials compared with 2014, there was a slight decrease.

Wildlife crime continues in South Africa, as in 2015, close to 1,200 rhino were slaughtered mainly because of Asian-led demand for their horn.

“By the end of December 2015, the number of poached rhinos was 1,175,” Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa told reporters on Thursday. The Minister said that in 2014 there were 1,215 poached rhinos and therefore poaching had “stabilized.”

However, AFP news agency reported that in 2008, fewer than 100 rhinos were poached. Ever since the number...

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