In more than 50 years of conservation, we have never seen wildlife crime on such a large scale. Wildlife crime is now the most urgent threat to three of the world’s best-loved species—elephants, rhinos and tigers.
With worldwide population of 500,000 in the early 20th centuries Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia. Extensive poaching of this species have pushed the remaining rhinos near to extinction.
Illegal wildlife trafficking has become one of the world’s top criminal activities ranked alongside drugs, weapons and human trafficking.
The rhino poaching has reached a crisis point and if the killing continues at this rate, we could see rhino deaths overtaking births very soon. Rhino poaching is surging across the entire African continent, and is a constant threat to the smaller rhino populations in Asia.
Today, very few rhinos survive outside protected areas. And all five species are threatened, primarily by poaching.
Learn why the Rhinos are being poached ? What are the other threats for rhinos beside poaching? What number of rhinos are still on the wild? [Play Slides]
No Poaching in Nepal
Nepal celebrated is straight second year of zero poaching on 2nd May 2016. Last time a rhino was killed in Nepal was May 2nd 2014.
According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) “Nepal’s success is rooted in coordinated national response, which is driven from the center and implemented at a grassroots level .”
One the other hand Nepal has not just prevented rhinos from being poached, it has found success in increasing the numbers as well. In 2015 alone the population of rhinos increased by 21 percents.
It takes a whole country to achieve conservation success like zero poaching, and Nepal has just done that one more time.1,338 rhinos were poached in Africa in 2015
Country representative of WWF Nepal, Anil Manandhar says ” Nepal demonstrated a real conservation leadership and effective anti-poaching path that other country can follow.”