Rhino poaching continues to rise in South Africa despite the government’s attempts to curb it. It has been reported that a total of 82 rhinos have been killed since the beginning of this year.
With only about 20 000 rhinos remaining, the extinction of the South African Rhino is looming.
Last year, 668 rhinos were killed, up from 448 in 2011. Clearly, South Africa can expect to lose more than 668 rhinos this year if interventions aimed at preventing rhino poaching do not work.
After plotting a graph using the number of rhinos killed in the previous six years, I obtained this equation: y = 18.82x2 + 0.864x – 4.6, where y is the number of rhinos killed and x is the year.
The equation shows that in 2013, South Africa can expect to lose approximately 911 rhinos if it doesn’t take more drastic measures to eliminate poaching.