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Private rhino conservation : diverse strategies adopted in response to the poaching crisis

dc.contributor.authorClements, Hayley S.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorKnight, Mikeen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorJones, Pelhamen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBalfour, Daveen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-26T15:41:59Z
dc.date.available2020-06-26T15:41:59Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationClements, H. S., et al. 2020. Private rhino conservation : diverse strategies adopted in response to the poaching crisis. Conservation Letters, 2020:e12741, doi:10.1111/conl.12741
dc.identifier.issn1755-263X (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1111/conl.12741
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/108678
dc.descriptionCITATION: Clements, H. S., et al. 2020. Private rhino conservation : diverse strategies adopted in response to the poaching crisis. Conservation Letters, 2020:e12741, doi:10.1111/conl.12741.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com
dc.descriptionPublication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.
dc.description.abstractPrivate landowners in South Africa conserve roughly 40% of white rhinos globally. Given concerns that escalating poaching has caused private‐rhino owners to disinvest, we used a national survey to assess 171 private‐rhino owners’ responses to the crisis. Twenty‐eight percent of rhino owners are disinvesting in rhino, 57% are pursuing business‐as‐usual (largely ecotourism), and 15% are investing in more rhinos. It is currently unclear whether this diversity in private‐rhino owners’ responses to the crisis is increasing the resilience of the rhino population to poaching. Some rhino investors show signs of financial stress. Most owners support rhino‐horn trade to fund conservation, yet international trade remains banned. By contrast, a recent national policy amendment allows rhinos to be managed as livestock, risking a shift from rhino‐for‐conservation to rhino‐for‐production on private land. Our findings highlight an urgent need to ensure policies keep pace with dynamic socioeconomic environments that influence the sustainability of wildlife use.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/conl.12741
dc.format.extent8 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherWiley Open Access
dc.subjectPoaching -- Preventionen_ZA
dc.subjectRhinoceroses -- Effect of poaching onen_ZA
dc.subjectRhinoceroses -- Conservation -- Law and legislation -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectWildlife farmingen_ZA
dc.titlePrivate rhino conservation : diverse strategies adopted in response to the poaching crisisen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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