SA rhino at 'tipping point'

2012-02-23 09:41

Radar to help stop rhino poaching

2012-02-21 17:46

The answer to saving South Africa's endangered rhino population could be with technology. A new system of state of the art US military radar technology allows large areas to be monitored. WATCH

Durban - South Africa's rhino have already reached a crucial tipping point, due to the surge in poaching since 2008, conservationist Dr Ian Player said on Wednesday.

"The red warning flags are up and anything could happen," he said at a Durban event held by KwaZulu-Natal's Ezemvelo Nature Reserve to explain the success rate of helicopters in rhino conservation.

A three-seat Sikorsky 300-helicopter was made available to the reserve five months ago by Vincent Christoforous, CEO of King Shaka Aviation in Durban, Beeld reported.

Since then, the helicopter had helped Ezemvelo's anti-poaching unit track down at least 28 vehicles which were in the reserve illegally, and had helped to locate 10 armed men.

During the same period, only one rhino was killed by poachers in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi reserve, compared to nine during the same period the previous year.

If a meaningful impact was to be made in the fight against rhino poaching, sponsorships of between R4m and R5m would be required to man four or five helicopters in the province.
Read more on:    durban  |  animals  |  rhino poaching

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

linking and moving

2015-04-22 07:36 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.