The South African Government released shocking figures today showing the country lost a record 1,215 rhinos last year, approximately a 21% increase on 2013.
“These numbers are a wake-up call for the world. We cannot lose the fight to protect rhinos in the wild where they belong. We can and must do better,” said Jason Bell, Director IFAW Southern Africa.
The illicit trade in rhino horn, driven by demand from China and Vietnam for investment purposes and ill-conceived notions of healing benefits has seen prices skyrocket, leading to increased poaching.