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
Step into Southern Africa’s adventure playground. Combine Victoria Falls with a Zululand safari for an unforgettable experience of nature and wildlife.
PRIVATE COLLECTION On this epic journey through Southern Africa you experience breathtaking landscapes, exhilarating, up close and personal wildlife encounters and experience the diversity of its people. Our carefully selected activities open the door for everlasting memories, the finest lodges and resorts will spoil you with culinary delights and exquisite service. The entire trip will […]