KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

An overview of the status, management and challenges facing African rhino in the wild

Richard H EmslieĀ 

While numbers of white and black rhinos continue to increase in the wild, these species face their biggest challenges since the early 1990s. Significantly increased poaching and pseudo-hunting has coincided with significant increases in black market rhino horn prices, and the rise of a new market and new uses of rhino horn in Viet Nam. Increased security costs and risks, and reduced incentives, are causing increasing numbers of private rhino owners (who conserve more white rhino in S.Africa than there are rhinos in the rest of the continent) to get rid of their rhino. This trend threatens continued good biological management of white rhinos. Without sufficient financial incentives, the expansion of range and numbers is likely to be curtailed and the total number of rhinos the country can carry will be limited. Reduced live sales would also have serious implications for conservation budgets of both conservation agencies and private sector owners at a time when increased resources are needed to protect rhino. Thus in addition to combating the increased poaching threat, incentives to conserve rhino need to be increased in S.Africa.

Presentation Topic

An overview of the status, management and challenges facing African rhino in the wild

 

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IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, Box1212, Hilton, 3245, KwaZulu-Natal

 

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