The Environment Department has reported a 33 percent decline in rhino poaching in 2020, citing the pandemic as a contributor to the decline in the poaching of the endangered species.
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries took to Twitter on Monday, 1 February 2021, to circulate a statement welcoming the reported decline in rhino poaching in 2020. The statement noted a 33 percent decline in the poaching of the endangered species. Additionally, the statement cited the pandemic as a contributing factor to the decline.
The department noted, “During 2020, a reported 394 rhino were poached for their horn in South Africa. This is 33% less than the 594 killed in 2019. This marks the sixth year that rhino poaching has continued to decrease in South Africa. During 2020, the Kruger National Park experienced 1 573 poacher activities, a decrease of 21.9% in comparison to the number in 2019, which was 2 014. During 2020, a total of 247 rhino were poached for their horns in South African National Parks – 245 in Kruger National Park and two in Marakele National Park.”
The statement concluded by affirming that the department will continue to work with reserves and parks in various neighbouring countries, such as Botswana, eSwatini, Kenya, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, to ensure the safety of wildlife on either end. Moreover, the department encouraged members of the public to act as whistleblowers if they suspect criminal behaviour.
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— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) February 1, 2021