The Danger to Animals
People usually poach for money, medicine, or items such as the rhino horn, that they think are valuable.
• Their Fur
• Their horns
• Their eggs and meat
Rhino and Elephant Horns
These are hundreds of elephant and rhino horns.
These are hundreds of tiger rugs.
These are the top three animals that are poached.
The Effects & Statistics of Poaching
• they could become endangered
• problems in their habitat
• overpopulation of other animals
• Poaching is the illegal harvesting of animals through capturing, catching, hunting, or killing. Poaching also includes the illegal removal of an animal part from a live or dead wild animal.
• This activity occurs most commonly with animals that are legal to hunt and sell at a certain time.
• the most common form of poaching are those that involve violation of local or international animal harvesting restrictions
• about 100 million animals are poached per year
• Many countries believe that the rhino horn is an important ingredient for many medicines. This is false.
• At the beginning of the 20th century there were a few million African elephants and approximately 100,000 Asian elephants. Today, there are about 450,000-700,000 African elephants and 35,000-40,000 Asian elephants.
• In 2012, 668 rhinos were poached in South Africa.
• In 2011, there were 13 large-scale seizures of ivory and over 23 tons of ivory confiscated. This is equivalent to at least 2,500 elephants.
• A 2010 United Nations report suggests that gorillas could disappear from large parts of the Congo Basin by the mid-2020s. Bear gall bladders get top dollar for Chinese herbal remedies. And big-horned sheep antlers can fetch $20,000 on the black market.