Rhino poaching up in SA

2011-05-13 14:56

Johannesburg - The number of rhinos being poached in South Africa was on the increase, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) said on Friday.

"We'll have a higher number of poached rhinos than last year if it continues at the same rate," EWT CEO Yolan Friedmann told a briefing in Johannesburg.

"At the current numbers they are not facing extinction yet, but the markets and drivers [of poaching] is not likely to decrease."

A total of 330 rhino were poached on private farms and in national reserves last year. According to Friedmann the current figure was between 145 to 150 rhinos.

The country's total rhino population is 20 000 to 22 000.

"This has become part of formalised, organised crime. It's not just an environmental issue anymore," Friedmann said.

- SAPA
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