RHINO POPULATION CONTINUES TO BE STABLE
SLIGHT DIP IN RHINO POACHING
In 2015, 1 175 rhinos were poached in South Africa, compared with 1 215 in 2014, according to Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Minister, Edna Molewa.
Of the 1 175, 826 were from the Kruger National Park. However, Molewa said a new census of the rhino population, conducted by SANParks, indicated that the South African rhino population continued to be stable.
“For the first time in a decade the poaching situation has stabilised.”
The 2015 survey also determined that the KNP is home to between 8 400 to 9 300 White rhino.
A total of 317 poachers were arrested in 2015 for rhino poaching-related offences. Of these, 202 were arrested in KNP and 115 in the area adjacent to the park.
“This is a marked increase in arrests, from 258 in 2014,” said Molewa.
The DEA also received US$2,7 million (R44 million) in funding last year from the GEF-UNEP Rhino Programme, which was used to purchase forensic mobile crime scene units.
Source: South African Tourism Update
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