This situation has exacerbated threats such as trade in rhino horn and increased poaching due to poverty. The latest decision means it can take up to 0. Political instability and wars have greatly hampered rhino conservation work in Africa, notably in Angola, Rwanda, Somalia, and Sudan.
WWF has helped move black rhinos to seven project sites so far, greatly increasing their range and security.
WWF is also working with partners to develop and implement cutting-edge technologies in Namibia, South Africa, and Kenya to closely monitor key populations. Powdered horn is used in traditional Asian medicine as a supposed cure for a range of illnesses — from hangovers to fevers and even cancer.
WWF also supports the Namibian government in its effort to update its plan to grow black rhino populations, in part by moving rhinos from parks with significant populations to others that historically held rhinos but currently do not—a process known as translocation.
F Shocking statistics just released from South Africa National Parks show that rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa so far incompared to last year, which was the highest total ever experienced in South Africa. Poaching numbers are slowly decreasing—1, were poached in —but poaching continues unabated with numbers remaining unsustainably high.
These populations have slow growth rates, which can cause numbers to stagnate and eventually decline. The surveys are critical for evaluating breeding success, deterring poachers, and monitoring rhino mortality. By partnering with authorities, NGOs, and the private sector already on the ground, we were able to quickly mobilize resources and address critical threats in real time to prevent further loss of wildlife.
We can change the outcome. But relentless hunting by European settlers saw rhino numbers and distribution quickly decline. Poaching also escalated during the s and s as demand grew for rhino horn, a prized ingredient in traditional Asian medicines - leaving both species at risk.