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March 2012
Contents / home
How to train a dragon
Newsletter/website create stir
Walk & talk with Hoot and Toot
Rhino poaching: are we losing?
Treats and innovations
Zoo welcomes Baboo
Cheetah tales
Good news for birders
Puff Adder gives birth
Getting close to an elephant
NZG vet teaches vets in Brazil
ZooDox - reliable data
What's up at the ZooClub?
Animal of the month:
Giant Anteater
Conservation Grapevine
Interesting links

  Last year a staggering 448 rhinos were poached in South Africa. Read more about the SAVE OUR RHINOS CD — 10% of the profits of this album go towards the Endangered Wildlife Trust in their fight to develop workable solutions to address the scourge of rhino poaching.
  The National Zoo keeps and breeds the Southern-central Black Rhino and Southern White Rhino.
Are we losing the war against rhino poaching?

The release last month of the official rhino poaching figures for South Africa during 2011 makes terrible reading – yet again the numbers have increased from the previous year. Last year a staggering 448 rhinos were poached in South Africa.

The animals were killed at the rate of nearly nine a week during the last year, yet only five years ago barely one rhino a month was being killed.

Mike Jordan, Senior Conservation Advisor at the National Zoo commented: "The figures are yet again catastrophic for rhinos. South Africa is the last stronghold of Black and White Rhinos in the world, yet in the last five years the numbers poached in this country have escalated by over 3 300 percent!

"Rhino poaching is a war and at the moment we are losing it. The extreme value of the horn on the Asian markets means that huge resources are being devoted to systematically poaching these animals and smuggling the horns to Asia."

"Only two months ago the IUCN announced the complete extinction of the Western Black Rhino and if these levels of poaching continue to escalate, then soon other subspecies of Black and White Rhinoceros will disappear too."

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