04 Jul '11, 5pm

Poachers kill more than one rhino a day in South Africa

At least 193 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the first six months of 2011. Hardest hit was Kruger National Park - a world-famous safari destination. It has already lost 126 rhinos to poaching this year. Last year 146 were killed there. “Poaching is being undertaken almost without exception by sophisticated criminals, sometimes hunting from helicopters and using automatic weapons,” says Dr Joseph Okori, who coordinates our rhino work in Africa. “South Africa is fighting a war against organised crime that risks reversing the outstanding conservation gains it made over the past century.” South Africa is home to Africa’s largest population of white rhinos as well as critically-endangered black rhinos. Convictions rise Law enforcement measures have been stepped up in response to the poaching crisis, and we’re aiding anti-poaching patrols. Already this year it’s resulted i...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?uNewsID=5063

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