Spotted yesterday. Motorists driving through this South African town can’t fail to get the message from this roadside electronic advertising billboard that’s been erected in the grounds of a local church. Africa’s rhinos certainly need all the help they can get – even a plea to the heavens can’t go amiss…
Project: African Rhino
Latest poaching stats
South African rhinos poached in 2014: 1215.
South African rhinos poached in Q1 2015: 393
Updated: end April 2015
Source: SA Dept of Environmental Affairs
The Department has ceased (controversially) publishing regular monthly updates of poaching incidence.
Official figures are, in any case, widely considered to be a significant underestimate of actual poaching numbers. Some carcasses are never found, some injured rhinos later die and by the time they are found cannot positively be identified as poaching victims, and some private rhino owners do not report poaching incidents for various reasons.
Ann & Steve Toon Wildlife Photography
We are professional environmental photojournalists, specialising in Southern African wildlife, conservation and travel. We live in the wild and beautiful Northumberland National Park in the north of England, but spend much of our time in the national parks and game reserves of Africa, documenting the amazing flora and fauna, and the often fraught relationships between nature and mankind.