To put it simply: if a rhino is killed in a poaching incident but they do not take the horns - it will not be listed as a poaching statistic.
Any baby (calf) that is killed during a poaching of his mother (cow) does not form part of the statistics.
The government refuses to publish the exact numbers of poachings, claiming it takes too much time from their busy schedules. In addition, obviously their very definition of poaching is questionable.
Poaching: to illegally hunt or catch (game or fish) on land that is not one's own, or in contravention of official protection.
This is the literal definition the government utilizes. Yet surely in these desperate times it does not apply or accurately reflect the crisis at hand.
The figures that you get are terribly skewed. That is why it is critical for every rhino, no matter the expense, to be saved. We are losing them faster than you think. What are your thoughts on this?