March 2012

More than 150 rhinos killed in South Africa this year


More than 150 rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year. This is almost double the figure released only a month ago, and almost half of the total number of rhinos killed in the entire of 2010, early on in the current poaching crisis. The rate of poaching incidents is rising at a rapid pace.

Cathy Dean, Director of Save the Rhino International comments:

We welcome the news that the South African government is considering reforms to the issuing of trophy hunting permits from countries that are unable to meet CITES’ requirements, and urge all African rhino range states to speed up prosecutions, increase sentences for rhino poaching and trafficking crimes, and to make more government funding available to tackle the poaching crisis.


Photo credit Mike Petchey

(19) Comments

  • Anonymous commenter
    08 April 2012, 11:01

    this is sooooo wrong!!!! Why do peole do this!!!???
    Stop this madnesss now

  • Anonymous commenter
    09 April 2012, 13:22

    i think it is terrible the rhinos need our help

  • Kate Lacey
    11 April 2012, 21:14

    This makes me incredibly sad. I wish the people/countries who buy these horns realised the truth, that they are just the same as finger nails and won't cure anything! Sad thing is I can only see it getting worse the rarer they become. I really hope something is done about this and soon but in all honesty money speaks louder than words they who buy these obviously have loads.. Greed. The great human down fall!

  • Amy Carter
    14 April 2012, 17:01

    it's terrible why the rhinos they have never done anything wrong to our world it is not fair

  • Tanya Beyers
    19 April 2012, 14:07

    Please stop this already!!!! Do you even realize that if this goes on we will have no more rhino's by 2014 which is LESS than two years from now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tim
    29 April 2012, 04:27

    I don't understand why people are sooooo dumb to think the horn can cure anything, it just makes me sick, somehow we
    have to stop the people from killing of the rhino. If they don't stop soon the only place you will see one is in a zoo. So sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Martin
    20 May 2012, 21:37

    This is madness. How some people can think that rhino horns can cure anything. These animals are special and wothy of protection against these onslauters. Please CITES ,BAN all trades on rhino producs.... God is waching us...

  • Anonymous commenter
    22 November 2012, 17:05

    these precious animals are starting to get extinct.
    please help these rhinos. they are 20,150 rhinos left in the world.
    this animal must stay alive
    keep all our animals safe
    please don't poach any of our animals
    i love animals it makes me feel sad when i hear animals

  • Anonymous commenter
    02 December 2012, 06:50

    We have to help these beautiful mammals.this is so sad what human can do to all other creatures all over the world and just for money...human doesn´t care anyting else but himself and that´s why we are in this situation.

  • Anonymous commenter
    30 May 2013, 10:07

    Jacaranda just reported +-370 killed so far...30/05/'s very sad!

  • Jarrod
    09 September 2013, 07:35

    Stop this madness, a rhino horn can not cure anything, its our nails

  • nicole
    14 September 2013, 10:03

    It makes me sad to hear that rhinos are getting killed.why do people do this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous commenter
    24 February 2014, 17:14

    OMG I did not know that more that 150 rhinos were killed in south Africa why would they do such a thing that is soooo sad poor animals

  • I love Rhinos
    18 March 2014, 14:52

    I really don't know who is cruel enough to do such a thing!

    We really need to take a stand against poaching.

    Please help these rhinos by signing a pledge

  • Cynthia McLaglen
    23 August 2014, 17:22

    Well you cannot just complain on the Internet. I have watched what Charlie Warren has witnessed for over a year. He helps to keep the poachers off in Kruger Park and it is not enough. I am going on the Global March for Elephants and Rhino on Sat 4th Oct 2014 in a city close to me in the UK, AND YOU COULD DO THE SAME IN ONE OF the Capital Cities of the whole world. It really is Global. Go and look it up and join in the march.

  • HailX
    05 February 2015, 18:49

    they only kill the rhinos for they're horns,if you are going to kill something at lease use all you can of it!!!

  • ben harris
    09 February 2015, 15:47

    why are people so stupid if you want some keratin just cut you finger nails and use that

  • Jacob
    24 February 2015, 21:58

    This is soooooooooooooooooooo not helpful is somebody was doing a presentation on rhino's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • India mayhew
    30 March 2015, 20:17

    This is soooooooooo not kind to do such a thing they are living creaeatures and what such thing did they do to you their just a animal what world is good with out rhinos I mean just cut your finger nails if you want a horn

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