According to Oxpeckers, an investigative environmental journalism project, from 2010 to 2015, 4,714 rhino deaths have been reported in South Africa.
In a slight sliver of respite in lunar eclipse killing, one wounded adult rhino was found with his horn cut off but still alive. "The animal had been chemically darted, but perhaps the dart fell off, or he was not hit with a lethal dose," said Bloch.
The rhino is expected to make a full recovery.
Unfortunately, the winter cold is leaving, and longer days are ahead: "We are now going into summer months, where it gets light at 4:30 a.m. and only dark after 7:30 p.m. now to January," explained rhino conservationist Dex Kotze, founder of Youth 4 African Wildlife and one of the strategists for Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in Johannesburg, which is taking place around the world this weekend.
"The extra light really assists the poachers," Kotze told The Dodo. "There is just so much more time for poachers to be in out in the veld/bush with weather conditions playing in their favour."