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Rhino Poaching Drops in South Africa

Environment

7Dnews London

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 11:02 GMT

South Africa is reporting fewer rhinos poached in 2018, which may be an indication that government interventions are having the desired effect.

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs said on Friday September 21st  that most provinces have experienced "dramatic declines" in the killing of rhinos.

In figures released from the department, last year poachers killed some 691 rhinos, while this year the figure is only 508 rhinos killed. This is a 26% decrease from the same period in 2017.

According to the Associated Press, the government is saying that the white rhino population in the Kruger Park has been in decline and that elephant poaching is on the increase there.

In a statement released by the department, some 400 suspects have been arrested on a range of charges, including rhino poaching, since January 2018. Other charges include the seizure of numerous unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and the seizure of an assortment of incriminating evidence.

Local police have also managed to recover more than 62.92kg of rhino horn through a variety of operations across the country.

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