Animal Poaching

By Sarah Packman


•From 2008 to 2014, 2,778 rhinos were poached in South Africa

•Within the first 17 days of 2014, an estimated 37 rhinos were poached, and 6 alleged poachers were arrested

•While the number of arrested poachers has increased steadily, the number of poached rhinos has increased at a faster rate

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•The elephant population declined from 1.3 million to 600,000 between 1979-1987

•An international ban on commercial ivory trade was passed in 1990 in response to this

•Matriarchs, the eldest adult females in elephant social groups, have a high mortality rate because of their large tusks and conspicuous social groups

•China is the largest market for ivory, and The United States is second largest

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Effects of Poaching

Poaching affects the ecosystem because without these animals, the population of plant-life becomes uncontrolled, which has negative effects on the soil and the atmosphere. Additionally, poaching is a large source of funding for terrorist groups in Africa.