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PICS: Too early to celebrate decline in rhino poaching numbers – WWF

Environment 6 months ago

Organised crime syndicates continue to thrive, capitalising on poverty and desperation facing both South Africa and Mozambique, the conservation body says.


04 Feb 2020
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PICS: Too early to celebrate decline in rhino poaching numbers – WWF

SAPS Forensic Services, Police Crime Scene Investigator and Sanpark investigative team at Western Boundary were a Rhino was shot and killed by poachers at the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, 3 February 2020. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Although concerted efforts are being made to curb poaching, both in Mozambique and South Africa, issues are being exacerbated by poachers posing as ordinary tourists, or using villages to gain entry into the Kruger National Park. This as a dismal yet familiar scene of yet another poached rhino met Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers on 19 January. Suspects involved in the killing are still on the loose, crime scene investigators said on 3 February, while describing what evidence has so far been gathered. At present, a case docket has been opened, and two bullet slugs were found at the scene....

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