Rhino poaching in Zimbabwe improving
RHINO LOSSES IN 2011
Courtesy of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force - By Johnny Rodrigues
January 2012. Zimbabwe lost 23 rhinos to poachers last year which was a slight improvement on the 30 that were killed in 2010. Whilst the improved figures are encouraging, it is still completely unacceptable for even one rhino to be killed in view of the fact that they are an endangered species.
37 poachers and illegal horn dealers were arrested and a total of 100 rhino were immobilized for ear notching and horn implanting to facilitate individual identification and monitoring in the field. In addition to this, a US based animal protection group, the International Rhino Foundation launched "Operation Stop Poaching Now" to raise funds to equip rangers in Zimbabwe and South Africa with kits to help them track rhino poachers.