Rhinoceros poaching drops in Kruger
SOUTH AFRICA recently announced that protection efforts in its biggest wildlife park had reduced rhinoceros poaching. Environment Minister Edna Molewa stated that the carcasses of 458 poached rhinos were found in the Kruger National Park between January and the end of August. This is 18 per cent less than the count from the same period last year. Poachers were killing more rhinos in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and the Northern Cape. The government has arrested 414 alleged poachers in South Africa this year, half of them in Kruger. The park, which is almost the size of Israel, is infiltrated daily by poacher gangs, many of whom come from neighbouring Mozambique.