Over Poached Animals: on the Verge of Extinction

Three animals on their way to extinction due to over poaching.

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African Rhinos

There are two types of African Rhinos, the black rhino and the white rhino. Both of these animals are illegally poached for the horn on their nose. This horn when ground up is prized for its healing ability in Chinese medicine and is most prized as a dagger handle in the Middle-East. The population of these animals have dwindles to 6% of what they were about 100 years ago. The only part of the rhino that the poachers take is the horn, they just cut it off, wrap it up, and leave the body just lying out there. The horn is sold on the black market and usually fetches a very high price. But if you get caught with a rhino horn in Africa, then you are in big, big trouble. The African government will probably break the law itself by beating you down and then throwing you in jail.


Minke and Grey Whales

Norway and Japan are two countries that have been fighting for their right to hunt these whales. Both of these countries have been hunting whales for hundreds, or thousands of years. It is a huge part of their food culture. But the hunting of whales was made illegal about 10 years ago. People still poach these animals for their blubber which is eaten in Japan and their meat with is made into sushi and steaks in both Norway and Japan. Whale meat costs a whole lot of money on the black market fetching up to $250 a pound. (Most whales weigh about three tons.) People have been poaching these whales so much that they are on the highly-endangered list. If the level of poaching that is going on now continues than these two species of whales will likely be extinct.



The population of elephants has declined massively over the years. This is due to the overboard poaching of this animal. Most of this poaching occurs in Africa. Many Africans are I such poverty that they don’t have time to think about animal conservation and they will try anything to make a quick buck to help out their family. Elephant meat is worth about $5.50 a pound, and one elephant has about 1000 pounds of edible meat. They are mostly hunted for their ivory because it is much easier to kill an elephant and to cut off its tusks and not get caught than it is to butcher the whole thing and not get caught. The ivory can be sold for about $14.00 a pound making them around $200. The average African makes $1 a day, therefore this is a very easy way to make money. Both the meat and the ivory are on high demand in the black market making it even more tempting for these African people to poach elephants. But if this over poaching continues than elephants will be extinct very, very soon.


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  1. Elizabeth Chislett
    Posted April 18, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    But if this over poaching continues than elephants will be extinct very, very soon.

    This should read “then elephants will be” not “than”. Good article, though

  2. Paige Mercer
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    I think this article is great. I’m doing a research paper on poaching and this has helped my paper out a lot, and of course this article will get all the credit. Plus it lets people know we need to do something about poaching!

  3. Aaron Truong
    Posted October 19, 2008 at 6:20 am

    This means that we should all do a favour to everyone and all the wildlife thats is endangered or critically endangered that we should maybe donate to organisations such as WWF. The animals we have now are the animals that our children and their children are going to see and enjoy…….:D

  4. Sara Jaity
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    I really think that the government should make the rules on poaching stricter, and hire more Rangers to try and catch poachers in the act. I don’t understand why poachers could take the lives of innocent animals for profit. It’s just plain cruel. And donating to WWF is a great idea, also AWF is another program that supports endangered animals.

  5. Fanny Flipper
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    i like fish……flippin’ fannys and eating cookies..im sad about poaching eggs they’re gross!!

  6. Becky's Poon
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    i like poon

  7. rorys penis
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    i like becky’s poon

  8. rory's penis
    Posted November 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    im not a witch….. bec has a hot arse and tight poon too

  9. Joel Anderson
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 12:10 am

    whoever these people are talking about poons and penis’s and hot arses should grow up talk about this somewhere else as this is not the appropriate site for this kind of crap. If you want to talk about all of this please do it some where else where little kids cant read it and find it funny. if you keep up this such poor behaviour i will have to inform the police and the editor or chief of this wonderful site! alli am saying is that pretty please do this somewhere else. very much appreciated. Love Joel Anderson

  10. MaMa31107
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:44 am

    i agree with joel. people just need to GROW UP. If you people are really this immature then i feel bad for you. i honestly do. i’m not trying to be mean, but is it truely appropriate? i don’t think so. everyone grow up and get over yourselves! Thank You. Anyways i do really like the article and this site. it’s very nice and i enjoyed reading it :)

  11. Guara
    Posted November 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I can even comprehend the stupidy of some of the Africans who kill off their own most valuable asset to their tourism—their biggest moneymaker. You would think that the government would crack down mre on these poachers and try harder to protect their wildlife.

  12. ShelbeyfromOk
    Posted December 30, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I think it is a good article. I am trying to educate myself on poaching. And about the type of poverty that so much of Africa is suffering from. One day I hope I can help make a difference. I live in a small country town, with with little resources or input from outsiders. This article was useful. Thank you.

    By the way, I’m only 16, and even I’m not as immature as to right inapproprate things like that on a PUBLIC page. Seriously.

  13. pissapoacherhata
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm



    WE NEED THOSE ANIMALS…………………………………..

  14. Z_ahera
    Posted April 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    This was a very good article…It helped me with my project on endangered animals, and helped me paint vivid pictures in my mind that nearly made me cry. To poach animals may make good money but would it make someone feel good about himself or herself? I, personally, if I did poach I would feel so horrible, I might do something three times as bad as poaching…

  15. Posted May 11, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    this is horrible those ppl that do that should die!!!!

  16. Becca
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    this artical helped me so much n my intro paragraph. thank you to the author :D

  17. Posted June 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    this is wonderful i love poaching !!!!!!! yeah :)

  18. Taylor
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Im doing a project on poaching and this helped me alot.

  19. MS.Perfect
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    this is a really great thing on poaching anyway im doing a essay on poaching and i was just wondering if anyone nos how long you go to jail for poaching an animal and what is the fine for poaching animals in africa my essay is due this friday so it would be nice if someone could find this out for me before than thanks _ _
    PS.gr6 is hard


  20. MS.perfect
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    this is 2 ryan campbell pls tell me u didnt say u lov poaching if u did………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..i dont like u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POACHING SUCKS I HOPE ALL POACHERS GET CAUGHT AND THROWN IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR AND LET THE JAIL THEY STAY IN ROT TILL THAT JAIL ROTS ONTOP OF THEM AND SO ON
    I HATE POACHERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. captin obvious
    Posted January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    those picuters are disturbing who ever wrote comment # 7 DISCUSTING AND NEEDS ALOT OF HELP from their CONSULERSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS have i made myself clear this isnt som site to fool around on so go be discusting somewere else just like joel said thankz

    captin obvious

  22. jhon harmman
    Posted January 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    damn cruel people

  23. wolfie
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    why would ppl do this i mean wat did animals do wrond i feel like killing those ppl who killed those poor inasent creature thats just mest up i mean thats nothing but terrible wats next us humans being poached by other humans this is terrible wat ppl r doing im so so upset :( D: im ready to kill anyone of these ppl who did this or try to kill them im so upset about this we should do somthing about this its just wrong

  24. wolfie
    Posted February 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    damn ppl

  25. Star
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    This is a horrible thing to do just look at what is happening how can people allow this someone has got to speak up and say no this is not aloud to happen anymore it is illegal but they need to say it again cause i think some people did not hear and need to be taught a lesson

  26. Posted February 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I agree with:

    Oh and the other report people I also have to do an 4 page essay on poaching and website is gonna be mentioned by the way im only 14 and people should do something about poaching and join an orginization. If you are so troubled just make a difference RIGHT NOW or……..

    p.s i really mean it :)
    p.s.s no i REALLY do
    p.s.s.s this helped my report :)

  27. Posted February 8, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Oh and for those people who actually like poaching…



    -thank you for your time:)

  28. b@bbygurll
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 9:25 am


  29. b@bbygurll
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 9:25 am


  30. Munkiez
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    poaching is wrong and the people who are doing it, for the money or for the food… To us its wrong, but to them it is right because its their way of life and thats all they know.

  31. Posted March 15, 2010 at 10:19 am

    poachers should get thrown in jail. we should do something about it . these are
    THE MOST disgusting pictures ive ever seen . please do something about it OBAMA their crying out to you please help them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. rmn
    Posted March 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    those photos make me sick. what is wrong with the human race? how can they be so filled with evil. anyone who can harm a beautiful creation in such a way is pure evil throughout and should burn in hell.

  33. Posted April 7, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    this helped me thanks

  34. Devin
    Posted April 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    If i saw that i would find the people who did it cut them almost inhalf puke inside them and then rip them to shreads with my bear hands

  35. isaiah
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    poaching animals and i hope all the dumbasses that do it get caught and are thrown in jail if u are to dumb to actually hunt a animal the right way.. then thats your own fault.. i hate all poachers!!!!!!!

  36. awsome
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    those people are retarded

  37. awsome
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thaose people should go die in a hole amd then pore oil anthem selfs and light themselfs on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. fgfd
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I wnat to kill them!!!!! killllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are so mental i want to kill them

  39. Awsome
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I wnat to kill them!!!!! killllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are so mental i want to kill them

  40. Awsome
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I wnat to them!!!!! They are so mental i want to k them

  41. awsome
    Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    i want to poach them because they are gay

  42. Tristan
    Posted May 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Im a hunter and i think that people that poach are to stupid to hunt the animals the wright way so they have to ruin hunting for all of us.

    P.S Im foorteen and im more mature and i dont say that stuff so to all those people grow up and this is serious.

  43. Andrew The Dragon Master
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 5:25 am


  44. Andrew The Dragon Master
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I’m doing an assignment about whales. ofcoarse i hardly know anything about whales all i know is that japanese are killing them and that they will be extinct if they dont stop!!!!!!!

  45. AGENTQ
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm


  46. kaaa
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 2:26 am

    these are inhuman people they suc

  47. Soviet ghost (SOV)
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    …………………………POACHERS HAVE NO LIFE…………….

  48. Vish
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

    All of these people here are wasting words. Has anyone had done atleast a deed in stopping this? Instead of discussing about these pics, start thinking how to stop them.Kill or redirect a poacher, will surely have some value.

  49. Claire
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    i cannot believe that some people would kill these beautiful creature especially whales it makes me sick to look at some picture. I AM A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IN YEAR 7 AND I REALLY WANT TO HELP THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

  50. Claire
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm


  51. Sabbath Casade
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 1:37 am

    I think poaching is abolutley sick, there are so many better ways of getting horns and ivory than killing the damn creature, I mean seriously, what kind of sick lowlife moron would go around killing just because of the money? If the world still ahd a barter system, then this would not be happening.

  52. Sabbath Casade
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Okay, right, in the article, it is making a general remark towards Africans when
    a) Africa is a continent, not a country, and there is no exact place being specified
    b) There is no such thing as an african. There is however a number of different indiginous tribes, such as Swahili or Zulu. An also there is the Afrikaans people and the french.

    Also, there are countries in africa like south africa, zambia and kenya that have much better wages than $1 dollar. There are also major industries, and not everything is mud huts and camp fires.

    I understand that poaching is a major problem, but mostly it’s not the native people that do it, simply because in some parts of africa people are so poor, they can’t even afford weapons to kill the animals with. The poaching is mostly done by people from over seas who are more likely to get away with it.

    It is also usually only illegal to poach animals in nature reserves such as the Kruger National Park.

  53. petunia
    Posted December 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    who does this is a disgrace to the human race ! do you want this to happen to you ? didnt think so pig , if you dont quit your foolish acts you will be next im not afraid of you ,
    and once i have you your guiny pigs are next …….
    lots of love petunia

  54. chirstan
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    oh yeah i forgot to say this to i have a big penis too bigger than all of the elephant’s in africa put together!!! and i did your mama so hard i made a earthquake so suck it bitches!!!!!!

  55. Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    we need to stop animal poaching! at any meens nesisery

  56. Posted January 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    omg that is so wrong y would somr body do that to some thing that cute smgdh!!!!! LOSERS

  57. aliyah thompson
    Posted February 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    this is crap. nobody would like some random person to come and take their skin or whatever and cut it off and leave u to die. so why are animals any different.:(

  58. ramond
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    hi people

  59. Jacob
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I agree with a lot of people. Poaching should be stopped obviously. Poachers should die and i don’t see why they poach because there soooooooooo cruel I to am also doing a report on poaching and i really like this website and i’m only 12.
    POACHERS SHOUD DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Posted August 24, 2011 at 11:04 am

    people shoud die i agree with alot of ppl and i will recommmende it to alot of ppl they shud get arrested

  61. Jacob
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Also poachers should b arrested and if their not stopped all those animals will go extinct. And then the poachers will go out of business and then who knows they might start poaching other animal until those animals go extinct then humans will have no food and then we’ll go extinct.

  62. awesome guy 3
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    this is for christan you should really not say that or i will call the police i really mean it so go do that somewhere else please love awesome guy 3

  63. penguin polofish
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Hello moto…
    Penguins are cool i have no idia why im doing this lol..

    POACHERS SHOULD DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Lol i’m angry!!

  64. penguin polofish
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Lol its been posted lol!!!!

    POACHERS SHOULD DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    im happy now lol :-)

  65. KATIE
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    poaching is so WRONG. GOD MADE THEM TO LIVE HAPPILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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