Hope was never poached

Thandi was poached. Hope was poached. #72 was poached. Right?

Not according to the South Africa government.

Recently Saving the Survivors lost #72, a bull who was shot several times and died as a result of his injuries.



His autopsy showed the bullets from his poaching ordeal ricocheted inside his body. His vertebra was damaged, and fragments of shattered bone were found throughout his body, creating more internal injuries…. he had an abscess below his vertebra, and only had 75% lung capacity as his lungs were punctured.

As a result there was internal bleeding. Organ and tissue degeneration were evident, signs that his system was in the process of shutting down. The painkillers we administered during his treatments made it possible for him to walk, and offered him some relief. It’s evident that no amount of input from the medical team would have changed the eventual tragic outcome.

Yet #72 is NOT a poaching statistic.

Hope didn’t die, but they took her horn; yet she is NOT a poaching statistic either.

hope closeup

Hope-she lives, so she is not considered poached.

To put it simply – if a rhino is killed in a poaching incident but they do not take the horns – it will not be listed as a poaching statistic.

Any baby (calf) that is killed during a poaching of his mother (cow) does not form part of the statistics.

The government refuses to publish the exact numbers of poachings, claiming it takes too much time from their busy schedules. In addition, obviously their very definition of poaching is questionable.

Poaching: to illegally hunt or catch (game or fish) on land that is not one’s own, or in contravention of official protection. This is the literal definition the government utilizes. Yet surely in these desperate times it does not apply or accurately reflect the crisis at hand.

The figures that you get are terribly skewed. That is why it is critical for every rhino, no matter the expense, to be saved. We are losing them faster than you think. What are your thoughts on this?

Posting: Saving the Survivors

Photos: Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center

Categories: Rhino Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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5 thoughts on “Hope was never poached

  1. These rhinos not poached !!!?how did they have their horns hacked off then wake up to the cruelty going on around ypu

    • Exactly! This is only one facet of the twisted world of South African government and their approach to the crisis.

  2. Kiera

    It’s disgusting!

  3. Linda

    …I am breathless. I cry for this ongoing atrocity.
    My heart breaks over & over again with each report.
    I do not understand the creulty and the ability to turn ones back against, and somehow, inside a very dark soul, decisions are made to ignore this reality. How much money makes this “ok”…. Are we really willing to let this happen? What God, what heart belief do you, the government, the poachers, the buyers, follow, pray to, receive guidance from…that says
    this is right?! I pray for the innocent victims, and I pray that the ones who commit these crimes against nature & God, that you awaken to your highest self.

  4. ravenskeeper

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    Hey folks please reblog, and tweet this post as much as you can, and lets see if we can bring more awareness and change to this problem. Watered down statistics help no one but the poachers, and these magnificent sentient creatures need all the help they can get. This trade has to stop it is just [lain evil.

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