Understanding the “Appendix” for Rhinos

Getting serious about preserving rhinos entails international cooperation. The first step is to set a definitive standard which all countries can and will be responsible for.

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The way to do this is through CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). CITES is an international agreement between participating countries that sets the standard to regulate wildlife imports and exports among them.

The group meets once every 3 years in different countries to discuss varying proposals. This year, in September they will meet in South Africa.

Depending on their level of vulnerability, species are listed in three categories called Appendices.  Appendix I is the most vulnerable (threatened with extinction) and Appendix III is the least vulnerable.

Black rhinos are listed under Appendix I, but white rhinos are listed under Appendix II (for the exclusive purpose of allowing international trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations and hunting trophies).

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graphic: United for Wildlife

Conservationists are advocating for CITES to upgrade ALL rhinos to Appendix I.

What this will accomplish is to make it illegal to transport rhinos out of the country; ending the trade debate, as well as the majority of trophy hunting of rhinos.

As the rate of poaching continues unabated, it only seems logical to offer them the utmost protection on an international level. Please read and sign the following petition to ask the head of CITES to make this a priority.

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6 thoughts on “Understanding the “Appendix” for Rhinos

  1. Jonathan Barzdo

    It is not correct to say that the white rhino is in Appendix II of CITES. All populations of white rhino except two are in Appendix I.
    It is also not correct that an Appendix I listing “makes it illegal to transport rhinos out of the country”. An Appendix I listing means that export is permitted under certain conditions: specimen legally acquired; level of export will not harm the wild population; import will not be for primarily commercial purposes.
    In addition, it is not useful to petition the Secretary-General of CITES to make it a priority to offer rhinos “the utmost protection on an international level”. This is for 2 reasons. 1) As said above, all populations except two already have this protection. 2) The Secretary-General of CITES does not decided on the level of protection that is given to species. This is decided by countries on the basis of a proposal from one or more countries.

    • As you stated, not ALL rhinos are in Appendix I. That is why we would like to see them ALL listed in there. No exceptions. And although the countries individually decide, the Secretary’s role is an important one; as he makes recommendations, coordinates and prepares reports and arranges meetings.

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  4. Tracey Williams

    Please upgrade CITES to appendix I. Our rhinos need protecting from human vultures.

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