What I already know about poaching.
I know that a lot of people are trying to stop rhino and elephant poaching. I also know that
because of poaching Rhinos are nearly extinct and elephants numbers are also going down. I
know that although laws are issued and poaching is trying to be stopped people keep poaching
rhinos and elephants and then they sell their horns and tusks for a lot of money. I know that
Rhino Horns are made from Keratin (the same protein that makes up your fingernails and hair)
People then grind these up and consume them believing that they have healing powers. I also
know that ivory from a elephants tusk sell for a high price.
What I want to learn
How many organizations are trying to stop Rhino and Elephant poaching?
How many Rhinos and Elephants are killed every year? Every day?
How many Black Rhino’s are left in the world?
How many White Rhino’s are left in the world?
What is the difference between Black and White rhino’s?
Where do the Rhino’s left in Africa live now?
How many Elephants are left in Africa?
Where do the Elephants left in Africa live?
How did this dramatic decrease happen?
How many organizations are trying to
◦ When searched on google it will come up with 2,260,000 results. At least ¾ of these results
have something to do rhino or elephant poaching in Africa. Most of these organizations just
show pictures and articles of the horrible stuff that is happening. There are quite a few
websites that tell you some information and pictures and then ask you to donate to the cause
of helping to stop Rhino and Elephant poaching in Africa.
These are some of
try to catch
How many Rhinos/Elephants are
killed every day? every year?
Rhinos: At least 2 rhino’s are being killed every
day to meet the surging demands, Rhinos
horns have become more popular than
Gold, Platinum and Cocaine because of their
Rhinos: At least 333 Rhino’s were killed in
2010. And in 2012 around 388 rhinos had
already been killed. The count for 2013 is 688
deaths and that was with 3 months still left in
Elephants: It is estimated that every day even
after the international ivory ban poachers are
still killing nearly 100 elephants a day
Elephants: People believe that in 2012 at least
35,000 elephants were killed for there ivory.
Because of the ivory trade elephants
population used to be 1.3 million now there
are 500,000 to 700,000 left in the world!
What is the difference between a
Black and White Rhino
A Black Rhino is smaller than a White Rhino
height wise and can be between 4.5-5.5 feet
tall at the shoulder. It is also smaller than the
White Rhino length wise being 10-12.5 feet
long. It is once again smaller than the White
Rhino size wise weighing between 1,770 LBS to
3,000 LBS. One way to tell them apart is by
their mouths the Black Rhinos mouth is more
of a triangle because the Black Rhino is a
browser and it eats from bushes and trees
instead of grass on the ground. In the end the
Black rhino is much smaller than the white
A White Rhino is bigger than a Black Rhino
height wise and can grow between 5-6 feet at
the shoulder. The White Rhino is also bigger
length wise sometimes being between 12-15
feet long. The White Rhino weighs a lot more
than the Black Rhino mostly being between
4,000 LBS to 6,000 LBS. One way to tell apart
the White Rhino from the Black Rhino is by its
mouth, the white rhinos mouth is square
because The White Rhino is a grazer and it eats
from the ground not off of a bush. In the end
the White Rhino is much bigger than the Black
How many Black Rhinos are left in
the world? White Rhinos?
An estimated 4,848 Black Rhinos are left alive
in the world today. And still many are killed
every day so the population still decreases.
An estimated 20,000 White Rhinos are left
alive in the world today. The same with White
Rhinos many are killed every day and the
population decreases by a lot.
How many Rhino’s are left in Africa?
In a count at the beginning of the 20th century there was an estimated 20,460 left in
Africa in the wilds and in captivity (mostly captivity). Another count shows that today
there are less than 29,000 rhinos left in the world. This last count includes the Black
Rhino, the white rhino, the greater one horned rhino, the Sumatran rhino and the javan
Where do rhinos live in Africa now?
Yellow is where Rhinos used
Red is where Rhinos live
How many Elephants are left in
Africa? The world?
In Africa there is an approximate count and they think that there are between 470,000600,000 individuals left in Africa. In the world there is an estimate of 630,000-650,000
this estimate includes African elephants and Asian elephants but this is because of the
decreases in population due to poaching, the elephants population are dropping by 4 in
Where do Elephants in Africa live?
The green spots are where
elephants live today.
Elephants used to live all
How did this happen?
As most of you may know if you have watched this presentation, this dramatic decrease of
population has happened because of poaching because of the believed “healing powers” of the
ivory and the “medical value” for it because of its “healing powers” and even after rules were
made and enforced Rhino and Elephant poaching still continues today and it looks like rhinos are
going to go extinct with elephant going extinct soon afterward, we just have to hope that the
hunters can be stopped before these beautiful animals become extinct.
Because of poachers.
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"How Many Elephants Are Left on Earth?" Frequently Asked Questions about Elephants. N.p., n.d.
Web. 3 Jan. 2014. <http://www.elephant.se/How_many_elephants_are_left_on_earth.php>.
"Poachers Still Killing 100 Elephants Daily in Africa." Scientific American. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Jan. 2014.
"Rhino Population Figures." Rhino Population Figures. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Jan. 2014.
"Two Rhino Killed Every Day." News24. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.
Where elephants live in Africa. Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Jan. 2014.
"White Rhinoceros." WWF. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Jan. 2014.
I think I did quite well on this project. I learned how many rhinos and
elephants are killed every day and month and even year, I learned where
elephants and rhinos live today and where they lived in the past but not today
anymore. I learnt how this happened and how many organizations are trying to
help stop poaching from happening. I have also learned a lot about the poaching
being illegal but people still doing it and killing rhinos and elephants. I learned
about all the people hiding in the bushes to protect rhinos and elephants and
stop the poachers!