The Environmental Affairs Department has released statistics that showed a decrease of more than 255 rhinos being killed last year than in 2017, when 1 028 rhinos were killed. Last year’s figure stood at 769.
KwaZulu-Natal had the second-most rhinos killed in 2017 with 222, but KZN was also the province with the second-biggest decrease and had 142 killed last year, a decrease of 80.
In a statement, Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the success could be attributed to strategies it had adopted and the hard work of people at the forefront of fighting rhino poaching.
“Combating rhino poaching remains a national priority, and as such, all relevant government departments will continue their close collaboration to ensure this iconic species is conserved for generations to come....
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