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South Africa’s Winning Formula to Rhino Poaching

On August 1, South Africa’s Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment released an update that rhinoceros (rhino) poaching dropped 11% in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period of the previous year. Between 1 January and 30 June 2023, poaching trends also continued to show a move away from the Kruger National Park to provincial and private reserves,” the report stated. Over the last decade, South Africa and its Kruger National Park have become the global epicentre of the commercial illicit hunting of white and black rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum & Diceros bicornis) for their valuable horns. Rhino poaching in South Africa is an ongoing challenge that has gained global attention. Since then, there have been concerted efforts by the South African government and various conservation organizations to combat the problem.