Monday, 18 August 2014

Hundreds of rhinos to be evacuated from Kruger National Park

Nearly 500 rhinos could be moved from South Africa's Kruger National Park to save them from poachers if plans are approved, say the country’s Department of Environmental Affairs.

More than 80 per cent of the world’s population of African rhino – some 21 000 - live in South Africa (93 per cent of Africa’s white rhino and 39 per cent of Africa’s black rhino), including 9,600 white rhinos in Kruger.

Known as a stronghold Kruger is therefore heavily targeted by poachers with a record 606 (out of a total of 1004) rhinos killed during 2013. The news is not good for 2014 either with 351 rhinos being poached since January. 

The animals will be moved to other less-known and lesser-targeted parks, both national and private, in a hope this will spread the risk and help create other rhino strongholds across the country.

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