Endangered Species In South Africa

South African Animals at Risk

South Africa is home to many unique and beautiful species of animals, but sadly, many of these are now endangered. The natural habitat and lives of these animals is being impacted detrimentally mainly from human interference. 

The South African government has listed the following species as being at risk of extinction:

  • Black rhino
  • Southern white rhino
  • Cheetah
  • South African wild dog

Negligence and Greed

One of the primary reasons these animals are going extinct is due to human negligence. We often forget how connected we are to the animal kingdom and the impact our actions have on them. For example, agricultural development is destroying natural habitats, which in turn forces animals into closer contact with humans where they can contract diseases or be hunted for bushmeat.

We need to be more mindful of our effect on the environment and take active steps to reduce our impact on other species. South Africa is home to some of the most amazing animals on the planet, and it would be a tragedy to lose them forever. We must do everything we can to protect these creatures and ensure that they have a future in our world.

Black Rhino Faces Extinction

Black Rhino in Kruger National Park

As development continues in South Africa, many animal species are facing extinction. Kruger National Park is home to a variety of animals, but some are more endangered than others. The black rhino is one of the most endangered animals in the park, with only around 1,800 left in the world. The population has declined by 96%

Black Rhino horn is frequently used in certain cultures for its rumored medical benefits, non of which have been proven to be true. The black market trade of black rhino horn has increased in recent years, which has led to a decline in the black rhino population. In order to protect the black rhino population, we must work to stop the illegal trade of black rhino horn. We must also educate people about the importance of conservation and the dangers of animal extinction.

Wild Response is a non-profit organization that works with park rangers around the globe to provide them with training and support. These park rangers are the first line of defense for wildlife like Black Rhinos. By supporting Wild Response, you can help us protect these magnificent creatures. By donating you are helping our missions abroad and moving us one step closer to our next goal of purchasing an area of unfenced land in Kruger National Park for a Wild Response camp.