The minister said rhino poaching had continued to decline, partly due to tougher lawsuits and poaching strategies, such as specialized tracking dogs for the detection of smuggled horns.
Environment Minister Barbara Creecy. Image: Abigail Javier / EWN
CAPE TOWN – Involving local people in mainstream conservation has been critical to South Africa's efforts to stem the rhino poaching of 1,215 animals killed five years ago, environment, forestry and fisheries ministers, Barbara Creecy said Sunday.
South Africa, with one of the largest rhino populations in the world, is fighting organized crime syndicates targeting its national parks and private parks as they are in high demand in Asian markets. Drugs drive carnage.
While horns are widely regarded as an aphrodisiac, scientists say this is not the case.
"We will redouble our efforts to ensure that communities living on the borders of our parks benefit from this. Environmental protection and biodiversity economics are therefore not prone to being recruited by syndicated poaching operations," Creecy said in a statement to World Rhino day.
She said the number of rhinoceros has continued to decline, due in part to tougher judicial persecution and poaching strategies, such as: B. Specialized detection dogs to detect smuggled horns According to Creecy, the countrywide number of rhinos killed was 31
More than half of the rhinos killed this year – 190 animals – were found in the vast Kruger National Park in northern South Africa, the country in which a total of 1,202 raids and poaching activities were reported in the first six months to June.
"Although the fight to end poaching is far from over, we can proudly say that our efforts as government such as private rhino owners and concerned citizens pay dividends while we continue to implement the Integrated Strategic Approach to Rhino Management," said Creecy.
Estimates vary, but it is estimated that South Africa has up to 80% of estimated shares. The world population of over 20,000 rhinos is at the center of the wildlife crisis. Rhino trade is prohibited internationally.