Rhino poaching is a topic we cannot escape from. The number of rhinos slaughtered for their horn is increasing every year, and 2013 was no exception. The official figures were released recently, and in 2013 rhino poaching reached an all time high of 1004, with 606 of those being from Kruger National Park alone. We are barely into 2014, and yet by Jan 30th, the total was already at 86.
Table taken from and copyright of Stop Rhino Poaching
It breaks my heart to say that one of those 86 was from the Thornybush reserve. Last month, for the first time poachers broke onto the reserve and took a white rhino cow. Until now, Thornybush had been "safe" from poachers, but with poaching on the increase as it is, it was only ever a matter of time.