It’s so heartbreaking--and it’s a crisis. Wildlife trafficking is one of the most serious threats facing wildlife! But together, we can help stop it.
Below, I describe a daring rhino rescue you would have been amazed--and proud--to see.
Supported by generous WWF members like you, we used helicopters, powerful steel
cables--and a whole lot of care--to airlift rhinos to safety!
You see, the problem is this: last year we saw more armed gangs killing wildlife--not just rhinos. More criminal networks trafficking animals and body parts--such as elephant tusks and tiger skins. And more threats than ever
before to some of the world’s most threatened and endangered wildlife.
Anti-poaching staff display a tiger skin
If we let the poachers and traffickers have their way, I believe some
of the world’s most endangered wildlife could go extinct in the wild... even in
Will you help me take action today?
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Shocking Increase in Rhino
Poaching and Trafficking
The illegal killing of rhinos for their horns threatens the world’s remaining rhinos. Last year 333 rhinos were poached in South Africa. This year it will be more than 400. Three of the remaining five species of rhino are critically endangered--one illegally killed rhino is unacceptable!
Black rhinoceros after de-horning
WWF is leading the charge to stop the
killing and save rhinos. Last year we
helped airlift 19 rhinos to safety, and
relocated over 100 more.
But we’re afraid the crime networks will
stop at nothing, and time could be running
Please contribute generously to
WWF to support our work to protect
animals and preserve their habitats.
Our work is urgent and needs your
Operation Rhino Drop
One step in conserving rhinos is stopping poachers. Another is moving rhinos to where
they can be protected. But how do you move a rhino? You can’t put it in a jeep. An adult male black rhino can
weigh well over 3,000 pounds!
So together with our South African partners, we did
something pretty amazing. Using specially made leg harnesses
and heavy duty cables, we hoisted and airlifted 19 rhinos to
a new home with better protections.
So far WWF has helped move 120 rhinos to new homes in seven reserves. We’re also:
The threats to rhinos remain very real and extremely urgent. But if we can continue
and expand our efforts, through increased funding, then I believe there is hope for rhinos, as well as other species now facing poaching and trafficking threats.
- Improving security monitoring to protect rhinos from poaching;
- Implanting microchips in rhinos’ horns, so that if they are killed we can use those chips to track the traffickers down; and
- Increasing local and international law enforcement to stop the flow of rhino horn and other illegal wildlife trade items from Africa to other regions of the world; as well as other efforts.
Donate to WWF and support our conservation efforts like stopping wildlife traffickers!
Director, TRAFFIC North America
P.S. The future for rhinos and other species is on the line. How far will you go to stop
the traffickers? Make your most generous donation today, and choose a FREE WWF
conservation thank-you gift for your donation of at least the recommended amount. In closing,
let me personally thank you for your concern, for your commitment--and for your
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Photo credits: Black rhinoceros © Martin Harvey/WWF-Canon; anti-poaching staff displaying a tiger skin, one of the poached items on display at the Tikauli Museum, Nepal © Jeff Foott/WWF-Canon; black rhinoceros after de-horning © Michel Gunther/WWF-Canon; black rhinoceros removed by helicopter to be transported to the boma, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal © WWF/Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife