SA sees 'slight decrease' in rhino poaching in 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) released an update on the status of rhino poaching in SA for the last two quarters, with data showing a slight decrease in poaching nationally.

Covering the period January through March 2017, and then April through June 2017, this was the first comprehensive report for 2017 on the state of rhino poaching in South Africa, as well as on the progress of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros approach.

"A total of 529 rhino have been poached since January 2017, compared to 542 in the same period for 2016, representing a decrease of 13 rhinos," says The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa.

Regarding Kruger National Park (KNP), Molewa says 243 rhino carcasses were found between January and the end of June 2017, compared to 354 in the same period in 2016, representing "a decrease of 34%".

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Source: News24