RHINO POACHING: Facts And Figures

A White Rhino and her calf walk in the dusk light in Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's  North West Province

Here are some facts and figures on the rhino population across the world and on the highly profitable rhino horn trade.

:: Today there are fewer than 29,000 rhinos surviving in the wild across Africa and Asia.

:: At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos and in 1970 there were 70,000.

:: However, after the poaching wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the number of white rhinos has been increasing by around 9.5% per year and of black rhino by around 6% per year, thanks to conservation efforts.

:: Adult rhino horn weighs at least 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds)

:: A poacher makes £8,000 per kilogram

:: When the handler sells it on, the price can increase 10-fold to about £80,000 per kilogram.

:: An adult horn can be worth up to £800,000.

Sources: Andrew Desmet, Park Ranger at Kruger Park and savetherhino.org

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