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Rhino poaching could hit 1000 rhino in 2013 in South Africa alone - Time to rebuild the fences?

07/03/2013 10:04:20

Until demand for rhino horn is stifled, the slaughter will go on. Photo credit USFWS

Fence between Kruger National Park and South Africa to be rebuilt?
March 2013. While more than 2 000 representative of 178 signatory states to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) gather in Thailand to determine the future of threatened species, the carnage in Africa continues as South Africa reveals it has lost another 24 rhino in a week.

The latest rhino poaching statistics indicate that the Kruger National Park remains the hardest hit, with 107 rhinos being poached since the beginning of the year. Twelve rhino have been poached in KwaZulu-Natal and North West provinces each, while eight have been poached in Limpopo and seven in Mpumalanga.

Table shows the number of rhinos killed per day on average in South Africa 

2010 2011 2012 2013
0.9123 1.227 1.83 2.62

In 2013 rhino poaching in South Africa is running considerably ahead of 2012, which was the worst year on record by far. At that current rate, South Africa can expect to loose around 950 rhinos this year! However the poaching rate is increasing all the time, so it may well top the 1000 mark before the year is out.

Rebuild the fence between Kruger National Parks and Mozambique
"The SANParks Board has recommended to the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs' that the boundary fence between South Africa and Mozambique be reconstructed," said SANParks CEO David Mabunda.

Minister Edna Molewa said the reintroduction of the border fence was strictly dependant on an analysis of the rhino poaching situation in the Kruger National Park, and a lack of positive results emanating from the creation of a buffer zone within the Limpopo Transfrontier Park region bordering Mozambique.


South Africa has hosted two events on rhino conservation and safety and security on the sidelines of the CITES conference in Bangkok, reiterating the government's commitment to fighting the scourge of rhino poaching.

No elephant's poached for 10 years!
Despite the large increase in rhino poaching, no elephant have been poached in South Africa in the last decade. It seems that the poaching gangs have identified East and Central Africa as the easiest targets for elephants, but South Africa for rhinos.

South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

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