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How the pandemic affected South Africa’s illegal billion dollar poaching industry

The COVID-19 pandemic hit conservation efforts just as much as it did the rest of the world’s economy. Image: Pixabay

Staff Reporter, Forbes Africa | April 21, 2021

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South Africa is facing a conservation crisis. National parks and private game reserves are a key part of the country’s tourism industry, which accounts for 7% of its GDP and employs over 1.5 million people. As countries around the world implemented covid lockdowns and travel restrictions, this vital source of revenue was cut off, threatening conservation efforts, including the ability to combat the global illegal poaching industry.