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The Australian Rhino Project is committed to helping secure a future for rhinos by establishing a population of rhinos in Australia as an insurance breeding herd.  This herd will serve as an insurance population in the event of extinction of the species in the wild in South Africa. This project is an important element in the collective international fight to protect African rhinoceros from extinction.The rate of decline in Africa is unprecedented and requires urgent attention.
 
The project was founded in 2013 by a team of passionate individuals with personal connections to South Africa and the rhino. Since the start of the project, the poaching epidemic has only increased in South Africa and the future of the rhino species continues to become more precarious.
 
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The facts
  • A rhino is killed on average every 6 hours for its horn
  • In the past 10 years, over 6,000 rhinos have been poached for their horns
  • There is now estimated to be less than 20,000 white rhinos and 5,000 black rhinos remaining in Africa
  • There are now more thinos killed than there are born
  • If we do not act now, rhinos may be extinct in the wild within 10 years

 

Why are rhinos being poached?

  • Poaching is driven by an illegal demand for rhino horn in countries such as Vietnam and China
  • Rhinos are killed in South Africa and then the horns are illegally shipped via the black market to Asia
  • Rhino horn is one of the most trafficked wildlife parts in the world
  • Trade in rhino horn is illegal in most countries throughout the world
  • Rhino horn is used in traditional medicine, however now the more common use is as a status symbol to display someone's success and wealth
  • Black market value is estimted at up to $100,000 per kg
  • BUT, rhino horns are simply made of keratin - the same subtance as human fingernails

 

Why more rhinos to Australia?

  • A rhino population already exists in Australia and we need to maintain the genetic biodiversity of the existing population
  • Australia has the landscape, climate and proven expertise to manage these species effectively and successfully
  • The rhinos that are brought to Australia will be cared for under guardianship with a conservation focus
  • The ultimate goal is the repatriation of rhinoceros back into Africa when it is safe to do so in the future

 

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The Australian Rhino Project highly respects the work of in-situ conservation groups and anti-poaching units, as well as those that are working to curb the demand for horn through behaviour change campaigns in Asia.

The Australian Rhino Project members and collaborators have a long history of supporting rhinoceros conservation within range states, and The Australian Rhino Project continues to explore opportunities to promote and sustain rhinoceros conservation broadly.

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