SANParks to evacuate threatened rhino

By admin
12 August 2014

Rhino along the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park are to be moved to so-called strongholds outside the flagship reserve to protect them from poachers, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Tuesday.

"South Africa is considering a range of rhino strongholds, inclusive of national parks, provincial reserves, communal areas and private reserves," she told journalists in Pretoria and Cape Town.

'If you want to give rhino a chance, you remove them from places where they have a high probability of being killed'

Responding to a question, Molewa said her department was also looking at moving some rhino out of the country.

"Part of the translocation will include the Southern African Development Community, the SADC area in particular... We have already started discussions with Botswana, we are working with Zambia, we are working with other countries, but more intensely those two in particular," she said.

SA National Parks large mammal ecologist Sam Ferreira said up to 500 rhino could be removed.

"If you want to give rhino a chance, you remove them from places where they have a high probability of being killed.

"The kind of numbers are based on sound ecological models... you can remove rhino up to roughly about 500..." he said.

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