Rhinos have lived on earth for over 40 million years. However, in less than a decade more than 7,000 have been lost to the poaching epidemic across Africa alone with their horn now rivalling the price of gold on the black market. By funding monitoring and research-based projects, anti-poaching and species protection operations and reintroduction programmes across both Africa and Asia, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) continues to provide an unwavering voice for rhinos in the wild.
Used in traditional medicines and as a status symbol in Asia, consumer demand for rhino horn is higher than ever before, giving poachers and criminal syndicates a reason to kill and trade rhinos. Habitat loss and human encroachment are also on the rise threatening wild populations. Rhino deaths have reached an unsustainable tipping point and unless we act now we will see the extinction of this iconic species from the wild within our lifetime.
DSWF provides vital funds to ground-based conservation project partners in Africa and Asia to support anti-poaching and rhino protection initiatives on the frontline of conservation efforts. We fund aerial surveillance initiatives and rapid response rhino rescue missions, research and monitoring programmes and work alongside communities to promote the importance of rhino conservation. We also work alongside colleagues to influence policy and ensure the toughest legislation possible.
DSWF has provided an unwavering voice for rhinos in the wild since our inception 35 years ago. Our holistic approach to conservation which engages in all aspects of the wildlife crime cycle and engages with local communities is helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future for rhinos in the wild. Please click below for more information.
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Rhino Horn Trade Statement