South Africa DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs) has released the “official” 2015 rhino poaching statistics – 1175. This is a decrease from 2014 which was 1215.
Reason for optimism?
Keep in mind the following: Kruger is the size of Israel, not all carcasses are recovered in a timely manner, or at all. The statistics also do NOT include the following:
- poaching survivors (like Hope)
- orphans whose mothers are killed, but they are NOT rescued and do not survive alone
- unborn baby rhinos
While the DEA pat themselves on the back for a “decline” in numbers, reality is this month, there have already been 37 poached at the time of this post, and the orphanages are seeing no shortage of rescued orphans.
In fact there had been a 10% INCREASE in poaching activity in Kruger National Park, where the majority of poachings occurred.
Instead of taking the numbers as a fact, we must look at them as only an estimate. Any way you look at it, that’s 1175 too many. So while the government celebrates, we will continue fighting for change one day at a time.