Last week, a hunter’s payment of $350,000 to hunt a black rhino in Namibia made the rounds online and sparked a massive uproar, resulting in death threats against the hunter. That, apparently, was just the tip of the iceberg.
Worst year so far
Poachers in South Africa have killed over 1,000 rhinos according to authorities. This is said to be the country’s worst record, a horribly depressing figure for the country that holds the largest population of the species.
The high number is linked to the increased demand for rhinoceros horn in China and Vietnam.
Some Asian cultures believe that the horn can cure ailments such as diabetes, cancer, and hangovers.
In 2013, 1,004 rhinos were killed in the country, a great leap from 2012’s record of 668. Kruger National Park is said to be the place with most poaching incidents.
South Africa houses both black and white rhinos. According to conservation group Save the Rhino, there are still an estimated 25,000 African rhinos around the world, most of which live in South Africa.
The black rhino is a critically endangered species.