In South Africa, Rhino poaching has plummeted by almost 53% in the first half of 2020, continuing a downward trend for the past five years.
After a decade of implementing various strategies… efforts are paying off, we have been able to arrest the escalation of rhino losses.Ms. Barbara Creecy (the Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries)
According to the Minister, the COVID-19 law enforcement measures adopted to restrict movement have triggered the recent decline in Rhino Poaching compared to last year. The Kruger National Park celebrated an astonishing reprieve during April, where no rhinos were killed for the first time in about ten years.
About 38 suspected rhino poachers were apprehended in the KNP and 23 firearms were confiscated between January and June. 57 suspects were apprehended during SANParksECI/SAPS operation.
The ministry reported that there was a 23% decrease in the total number of rhinos poached and a 43% decrease in elephant poaching in 2019.
A decline in poaching for five consecutive years is a reflection of the diligent work of the men and women who put their lives on the line daily to combat rhino poaching, often coming into direct contact with ruthless poachers.Ms. Barbara Creecy
The minister acknowledged people that are devoted to protecting the natural heritage of the country even at their own expense.
Our rangers have remained at the forefront of the battle against poaching, despite the National Lockdown, contributing to the decrease in poaching. In this time, rangers have had to face not only the threats posed by poachers, but they, and their families, have also had to deal with the danger of contracting COVID-19.Ms. Barbara Creecy
Their effort strengthens the essential partnership with the South African Police Service, the Department of Justice, and other security forces to initiate, analyze, and share ideas on wildlife tracking to effectively deal with crimes that are related to international syndicate.
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