TRENDS IN RHINO NUMBERS AND POACHING:AN UPDATE
Richard Emslie
IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group

 

Abstract
This presentation provides an update of the status of African and Asian species of rhinos and poaching trends since last year’s conference. While greater one horned rhino numbers continue to increase poaching remains a threat. The Javan rhino remains at low numbers in one population and there is a need to reduce densities and set up a second population. The Sumatran rhino is now down to less than a hundred rhino in the wild with almost all remaining animals in three National Parks in Indonesia. Enhanced law enforcement, and improved monitoring and biological management are required. In Africa numbers of white and black rhino have continued to increase but growth appears to have slowed in response to increased poaching. Poaching continues to increase in South Africa and Kenya, but continues to decline in Zimbabwe and remains at low levels in Namibia. Continentally if the current escalation in total poaching continues, the tipping point when deaths will start exceeding births could occur as soon as 2014-15.

 

Presentation Topic
TRENDS IN RHINO NUMBERS AND POACHING:AN UPDATE
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