Learn about rhino conservation efforts in South Africa

Posted at: TUEsday - 16/09/2014 11:02 - post name: Nguyễn Thị Thùy

Learn about rhino conservation efforts in South Africa

On September 10th, according to Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV), the delegation of Vietnam (including journalists, customs officials, wildlife conservationists and singer Hong Nhung) had meeting with the representatives of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in South Africa and updated the latest information of rhino massacre that has become an increasingly burning issue here.

According to ENV, statistics show that for only last 40 years, the number of rhinos in the world has decreased by 95%. There are just 25,000 rhinos surviving in the wild. South Africa owns over 70% of rhino population in the world.

In 2013 alone, at least 1,004 individual rhinos were massacred to satisfy consumer demands in Asian countries including Vietnam (increasing nearly 8000% compared to 13 killed rhinos in 2007).Rhino massacre in South Africa does not have tendency to decrease but even be more brutal. During the first 8 months of 2014, there have been at least 695 rhinos killed. If this situation is not timely handled, the world’s rhino species will be extinct within 6 next years.

It is pity when the last individual of one horned rhino in Vietnam was killed in Cat Tien National Park in 2010. The delegation of Vietnam met many sympathetic rhino conservationists in South Africa to discuss how to end this crime so that we and our future generations will have chances to see this symbolic specie for ourselves in nature not in books, shared singer Hong Nhung.

To end rhino massacre and prevent transnational rhino horn trafficking, it requires the cooperation and efforts of all countries in the world, especially Vietnam. Vietnam Customs hopes to closely and fully cooperate with South Africa Customs in exchanging the information of transnational rhino horn trafficking ring to entirely deal with this situation, said Mr. Nguyen Hung Anh – Vice Chief of the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department.

In next days, Vietnamese delegation will visit Kruger National Park (South Africa) - a hot spot of rhino massacre where they might encounter poachers or come upon the grisly scene of a recently killed rhino.

Translated by Nga Nguyen

Author: BL
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