It endangered rhinos’ population has officially increased by 1000 percent, according to the officials of Tanzania. However, the British Wildfire experts are still claiming the number to be too low.
Four years ago, in a result of frequent poaching, only 15 rhinos were in records. This grew a tension in East African countries. So, they started seeking for the prevention of the cause.
The number is now grown to 167, which is still low but a significant step to change. With a series of severe measures the government took in the illegal poaching, there is an astonishing increase in the population.
Asian Countries like China and Vietnam demands rhinos’ horns or ivory for their production. This demand made a severe impact on the African countries as this poaching problem grew.
The new President, John Maguful, took his power in proper use helping Tanzania increase the number of these endangered animals. He is very strict about wildlife crimes since 2015 when he took his role as a president.
All the people who got involved in trafficking were behind bars within a month. Four Chinese rhino horn smugglers got caught in the act at the Malawi border and were sentenced to jail for 20 years.
A Chinese businessman, also known as the ‘Ivory Queen’ was found guilty of smuggling more than 350 elephants tusks to Asia. He is now serving the Tanzanian Prison after the court sentenced him 15 years of prison time. This was marked as the greatest victory of the government.
Not just rhinos, Tanzania also managed to officially increase the population of elephants as well.
The officials commented:
“As a result of the work of a special taskforce launched in 2016 to fight wildlife poaching, elephant populations have increased from 43,330 in 2014 to over 60,000 presently.”
Head of policy at wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation, Mark Jones, however, pointed out the fact that rhinos and elephants are slow breeders, suggesting other factors that might have had an impact on the rise.
“This sounds like very good news but we should view these figures with caution until there’s independent verification – there’s no way that has occurred through breeding and protection alone.
[Rhinos] mature late, have long gestation periods and don’t produce many young. Both species take a long time biologically to reproduce.
Elephants are intelligent – they move across national borders to where they are safer, so if there’s been a clampdown on poaching in Tanzania, it may be that some have moved in.”
Since the end of 2017, it is illegal to ivory trade in China, which lead to the decline of poaching and the prices of ivory in general. But, a market is still there for poachers in Japan, the EU, and Hong Kong, among other countries where Ivory business is still active.
Black Rhinoceros was listed as one of the critically endangered animals by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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