Posted February 23, 2015 in All
In the early 20th century, there were around half a million rhinos across the world. Today, their numbers have dramatically decreased, with all five remaining rhino species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Sadly the western black rhino was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011 and there are only FIVE northern white rhinos left in the world!
Rhino poaching has reached a crisis point, particularly in South Africa, where 1,215 rhinos were killed in 2014 alone. That’s one rhino poached every eight hours! If poaching continues at this rate, rhino deaths will outweigh births, and rhinos could be effectively extinct in the wild as soon as 2026.
Colchester Zoo and its charity Action for the Wild are dedicated to assisting in the fight against poaching. To date, we have donated over £61,000 to help law enforcement staff combat further rhino poaching losses. By helping to purchase and distribute necessary equipment to staff at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, we can help them monitor and protect the Park’s rhino populations. Our 2014 donation enabled management staff to purchase 1- and 2-litre water bottles, water purification kits, pepper sprays and pouches, bullet-proof vests, rifle-cleaning kits, raincoats, base-set radios, lightweight sleeping bags, rifle ammunition pouches, camping gas cooking stoves, first-aid kits, tents, belt webbing sets and folding camping buckets.
Every day brave rangers are risking their lives to protect the world’s rhino species. With the increasing involvement of ruthless criminal syndicates, today’s poaching gangs are armed and dangerous. The poaching crisis isn’t just affecting rhinos, it’s having a major impact on human lives also. Our donation has helped the HiP anti-poaching patrol to carry out extended patrols, camp in the field and have the necessary enforcement equipment should they come into contact with poachers.
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