Wildlife television presenter and filmmaker Bonné de Bod (50/50; Rhino Blog) yesterday attended a Department of Environmental Affairs media briefing where an overview on the state of rhino poaching in South Africa was given as well as the latest stats released.
This is her brief report:
“I see that a lot of media is reporting about a positive decrease in rhino poaching,” the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa told the audience at today’s briefing.
Molewa went on to confirm that the number of rhinos poached so far, for 2017, stands at 529 – down 13 from 542 compared with this time a year ago.
She also said that the Kruger National Park was sitting at a figure of 111 less rhinos poached compared with this time last year, so that is one piece of good news here…
BUT it’s not all good news and if we look at the overall figures and take Kruger’s dramatic decrease into account … it tells us another story, and that is that there is a huge increase in rhino poaching nationally, up by over 50 percent.
This includes areas such as Kwa-Zulu Natal – where Hluhluwe-iMfolozi has been hit hard these past few months with their worst poaching ever and, when I was in the Northern Cape recently, an investigative officer told me that there had been a dramatic increase in their province.
So overall good news out of this press conference for private rhino owners and smaller parks outside of Kruger where the onslaught is not only continuing but seems to be ramping up.