Rhi­noc­eros poach­ing drops in Kruger

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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