Experts Say Zimbabwe Rhino in ‘State of Crisis’
Poachers’ Greed Undermining Economic Recovery
The groups said continued inaction undermines the country’s economic recovery because rhino poaching threatens one of the key economic pillars for
“Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is serious, and it now also is in danger of losing its biological currency – rhinos and other wildlife,” said Dr.
Poaching of black and white rhinos in
“Most rhino horn is sold on the black market for use to reduce fever in traditional Asian medicine,” said
Zimbabwe’s economy has all but collapsed. Cholera has killed more than 4,000 people. Fast-track land reformation has decimated its farming industry. Inflation reached 80 billion percent before the Zimbabwean currency had to be abandoned.
According to Raoul du Toit, of Zimbabwe’s Lowveld Rhino Trust, which holds eighty percent of the country’s black rhinos, “We must attach an economic value to rhinos so that local people can be given financial incentives to protect them.”
“We likely will need to move as many as 50-60 rhinos out of at-risk areas in 2009,” said du Toit. “Without intervention, rhinos in some areas will definitely be lost. In the Midlands Conservancy, the black rhino population has declined from 45 a few years ago to five animals now. We don’t want to see those losses repeated elsewhere.”
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SOURCE International Rhino Foundation