Rhinos are being poached at such a rapid rate that they could go extinct in the wild in the next decade.
According to the latest census data, two million people live on Kruger National Park’s western boundary and the unemployment rate in the area is between 40 and 60%. In 2019, Limpopo, according to Stats SA, had the highest headcount of adult poverty in all provinces, at 67.5%.DAILY MAVERICK SA
Rhinoceros horn is more valuable by weight than gold, diamonds, or cocaine. A recent report puts the price of rhino horn in Asia at $60,000 USD per pound. Although there is no scientific proof of its medical value, rhino horn remains highly prized in traditional Asian medicine.WORLD ANIMAL FOUNDATION
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At the beginning of the 20th century, 500,000 rhinos roamed Africa and Asia. By 1970, rhino numbers dropped to 70,000, and today, around 27,000 rhinos remain in the wild. Very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over many decades.
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Rhinos are being poached at such a rapid rate that they could go extinct in the wild in the next decade. Learn what you can do to make a difference.