10% decline in rhinos poached in 2016 does not alleviate concern

The Department of Environmental Affairs says while significant progress has been made, a 10.3% decline in the number of Rhino poached in 2016 does not alleviate some of the concern surrounding poaching-related activities.

The 2016 statistics released by the department on Monday indicates a decline in rhino poached, both for the country and for Kwazlu-Natal in particular.

A total of 1,054 rhinos were poached in 2016, compared to 1,175 in the same period for 2015.

A large number of high-profile cases will be heard this year.

For 2016 there were 2,883 instances of poaching-related activities (such as poaching camps, contacts, crossings, sightings, tracks and shots fired) in the Park, compared to 2 466 recorded in the same period in 2015.

We are the country with the biggest rhino population, so inevitably if poachers are looking to get rhino horns they will come to South Africa.

Albi Modise, Environmental Affairs spokesperson

We are working with other international parties because we realise that though poaching is happening in South Arica its fuelled externally, which is why we are working with countries like Vietnam.

Albi Modise, Environmental Affairs spokesperson

Highlighting some of the progress made through the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros, spokesperson Albi Modise explains what still needs to be done to combat growing syndicates in the country.

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