In March 2017, a very rare and valuable White Rhino was slaughtered for its horn in a zoo on the outskirts of Paris. This is the first attack on a Rhino in a private zoo.
In South Africa the full total Rhino population (2017 figures) is approximately 20,000. Over the past 12 months, 1,054 have been viciously slaughtered for their horn.
The number of Rhinos slaughtered in 2007 was 13;
In 2008 the number was 83;
In 2011, 448 Rhinos were slaughtered and the number has rapidly risen each year.
By 2015, a tipping point was reached where more were dying than being born - a recipe for certain extinction. The horn is used by the Chinese and Vietnamese for herbal medicine and in the Middle East, it is used to make dagger handles. The Yemen and Oman are thought to be the biggest users. Loss of habitat also contributes to their declining numbers. What you can do? Avoid buying wild animal products and boycott those who do!
The White Rhino
Hunting is on the rise in South Africa. This vicious cruelty involves darting the animal with sedatives and removing the horn with a chain saw, usually leaving it to bleed to death.
Greater One Horned Rhino
With thanks to Helping Rhinos: http://www.helpingrhinos.org