Rhino poaching on the rise across South Africa

By December 17, 2021Wildlife Crime

The South African government is focused on the sharp rise in rhino poaching. Image: Pixabay

Lauren Isaacs, EWN | December 16, 2021


It appears rhino poaching is on the rise across the country.

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment raised concern following an uptick in attacks in four provinces.

Twenty-four rhino carcasses have been found in South Africa since the start of the month.

The department said seven have been found in the Kruger National Park.

Seven others have been discovered in Mpumalanga, while there were six in KwaZulu-Natal and four in the Western Cape.

In the latest incident last week, four suspects were arrested after four rhinos – including a pregnant one – were killed by poachers at the Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve outside Cape Town.

A fifth rhino was wounded.

The department said nine alleged poachers have been arrested this month and it commended the efforts of rangers and security officials.

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