Throwing our rhinos a much-needed lifeline

Five years into the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa, and the organisers of Investec Rhino Lifeline say they are still far from done.

To date they have pumped R12 million into the project.

Education and awareness have been identified as the strongest focus areas in the poaching crisis according to Tanya dos Santos, the head of Rhino Lifeline.

Established in 2012, Rhino Lifeline identified three core focus areas - education, rescue and demand reduction.

Investec has spent R8.1m on education, R3.5m on rescues and R600 000 on reducing the deman for rhino horn.

“We recognised that one of our country’s most iconic animals could be wiped off the planet and wanted to be part of the solution,” said Dos Santos.

Since 2012 the number of rhinos that have been poached has increased year on year. But there was a decrease in 2015 and last year according to the latest statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

They also show that there has been a slight decrease for the first six months of this year compared to last year. Since January 529 rhinos have been killed, 13 less than last year.

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Source: Independent Online