Rhino population: 29 000 left in the world from 500 000 last century

There are currently over 29 000 rhinos left in the world from a whopping 500 000 animals across Africa and Asia in the beginning of the 20th century, according to recent figures from Save the Rhino.

These figures include Africa’s black and white rhinos (Africa), greater one-horned rhinos, Sumatran and Javan rhinos (Asia). The population then fell to 70 000 by 1970 and further to just 29 000 in the wild today, the rhino lobby organisation said.

However, the good news is that the global rhino population seems to have shown an increase in recent years despite a relentless campaign by poachers to acquire their horns, which analysts said can fetch up to U$95 000 per kilo, especially in China and Vietnam markets

Rhino poaching seems to have dropped in places such as South Africa, where authorities said 702 rhinos were poached between January and July 2016, down from 796 a year earlier. This includes the total of 458 rhino carcasses found in in the Kruger National Park between January and August.

The South African ministry of environmental affairs also said that 414 suspected poachers have been arrested since January, including 177 inside the Kruger National Park and 237 in the rest of the country, and 94 firearms seized from these bad guys.

Save the Rhino attributes the increase in rhino population and drop in poaching to persistent efforts of conservation programmes across Africa.

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