S. Africa rhino poaching numbers decline

A total of 318 rhinos were killed in the first six months of 2019 in South Africa, 68 fewer compared to the same period last year, said Minister for Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbera Creecy on Wednesday.

She stated this as part of commemoration of the World Ranger Day at Kruger National Park (KNP).

Creecy said the government’s integrated management plan to combat rhino poaching is yielding results with a decline in rhino poaching in the last three consecutive years.

From January to June 2019, 122 alleged poachers were arrested within the KNP, and 61 firearms were recovered. Nationally, 253 arrests were made in relation to rhino poaching and rhino horn trafficking.

Creecy praised the rangers for protecting the country’s resources.

She stated that South Africa is collaborating well with international partners to fight poaching and bring those wanted for the wildlife crimes to face the music in the country.

She said, “We need better controls at our ports of exit, more support in the war on the ground, and faster prosecution of offenders.”