Demand reduction

The illegal poaching of rhinos is one of the biggest threat to the survival of the rhino with some predicting that rhinos could be extinct by 2026 if the current escalation in poaching continues.South Africa spends many millions of dollars annually trying to stop poaching. More poachers are being arrested than ever before. Still, illegal poaching intensifies, driven by demand in Asia and the high price rhino horn fetches.

The demand for rhino horn in Vietnam was identified as one of the main driving forces for the escalating poaching of rhinos in the report published by Traffic in 2012, The South Africa – Viet Nam Rhino Horn Trade Nexus: written by Tom Milliken and Jo Shaw. In 2013 the CITES Parties made decisions to compel Vietnam to improve law enforcement, curtail rhino horn consumption and engage in demand reduction campaigns, The next couple of years and the activities that we do will be critical in determining the very survival of the rhino. Save the Rhino and several other organisations have started to do demand reduction work in Vietnam to tackle this problem, read more about SRI's work and what other organisations are doing below.