Statistics released by the United Nation’s’ Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) showed that 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2014.
The number of rhinos killed for their rhino horn was a record high.
1,004 rhinos were poached and killed in South Africa in 2013.
668 were killed in 2012.
341 were killed in 2011.
333 were killed in 2010.
122 were killed in 2009.
The rise in poaching of rhinos is due to the high price of rhino horn on the black market. A kilogram of rhino horn is sold for up to $65,000.
Source: Live Science, “Amid Record-Breaking Poaching, Wildlife Experts Seek to Smash a Black Market,” Yahoo News, March 5, 2015.