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COVID-19 HELPED RHINOS

- South Africa News · Ecology · Poaching · South Africa · Africa

THE num­ber of rhinos killed by poach­ers in South Africa fell by over half in the first six months of this year.

Be­tween Jan­uary and July 2020, the killing of rhinos fell by 53% – and it’s thought to be, in part, be­cause of the coro­n­avirus. The lock­down be­cause of COVID-19 and the dis­rup­tion it caused to in­ter­na­tional flights has caused prob­lems for poach­ers.

Up to July, 166 rhinos were poached in South Africa, com­pared to 316 in the first half of 2019, the coun­try’s en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter said.

Rhinos are killed for their horns. They are in de­mand in Asia, where they are used in tra­di­tional medicine or as sta­tus sym­bols.

Sadly, since lock­down re­stric­tions have grad­u­ally started to ease in South Africa, rhino poach­ing has slowly in­creased again.

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