Author Helene Eloff
MBOMBELA – A total of 6, 644 rhinos were poached across South Africa in the last decade.
Lowvelder added the rhinos poached annually since 2007.
This week, Department of Environmental Affairs minister, Edna Molewa, annuonced that 529 rhinos were poached across the country in the first half of 2017.
It is clear that we’re well on our way to having more than a 1 000 rhinos poached this year. Just like in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.
Yet she stressed a 13 rhino decline when comparing the statistic with last year’s total of 542 for the same period.
In the Kruger National Park, 243 rhino carcasses were found between January and the end of June, 2017. Molewa compared this with the same period in 2016, during which 354 had been found.
“The downward trend is being established, which is cause for cautious optimism,” she said.
“It is clear that more resources are required to address this challenge that we are experiencing in terms of both rhino and elephant poaching.” The latter had increased – 30 elephants were poached in the Kruger National Park thus far this year.
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