The rhino poaching crisis is dramatically escalating and if something isn’t done they will soon go extinct in the wild. Since 2007 rhino poaching has escalated by more than 9,000% in South Africa and organized criminal networks have become involved. There is no one activity that can be done to protect rhinos, it is the joint work of many people to protect these beautiful creatures.
Anti-poaching rangers form the first and last line of defense for rhinos. It is very important to have well trained, well equipped, effectively deployed field rangers who are motivated. These essential personal are on the ground daily to protect rhinos, sometimes facing very dangerous situations. The rangers are the best chance of catching rhino poachers.
The monitoring of rhinos is essential for keeping track each animal, that entails knowing population demographics, habitat utilization and recognizing movement patterns. It is also the the best way to identify if a rhino has been poached. The information that is collected can be used by managers to plan translocations and introductions.
It is important to teach the the children of today to be the wildlife stewards of the future, we must teach then the benefits of wildlife and how to protect them. As well as making them conscious of how to preserve wildlife and pass that message onto the wider community.
The best way to manage and ensure the best possible growth of the populations of rhinos is translocatins. This is too ensure that an area does not have too high of a density of rhinos and ensure it has not reached carrying capacity.
Protecting rhino’s in the wild can be very challenging and uncertain, especially in the early stages of youth of the rhino. This is too ensure that every infant reaches adulthood due too the low birth rate of rhinos in general. When populations get so low like the Sumatran rhino it is important to have an insurance population in captivity and carry out breeding programs.
It has been identified that that the demand for rhino horn is the main driving force for the escalating in poaching if rhinos. The reduction of the demand for rhino horn in consumer countries is essential to reduce poaching and protect rhinos for the long term.
All these aspects are essential for the conservation of all endangered species but more so for the rhino, by being concious of these points we can help care for these beautiful creatures and ensure that our children and grandchildren will be able too see these animals.