At least 19 elephants killed in KNP this year

2015-10-23 10:02


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Mbombela - At least 19 elephants have been killed in Kruger National Park since January, an official said.

Of those, 12 were killed in September and October.

“We lost two elephants at the beginning of this year and then it went silent for four months until July, when three elephants were poached. This was followed by another two in August, seven in September and then five this month; which brings the total number of elephants poached this year to 19," Kruger National Park spokesperson William Mabasa told News24 on Thursday.

“We are saddened by the latest developments in the northern part of the Park where the majority of the elephants were poached so far.”

This is compared to only two elephant deaths in the KNP last year.

The first elephant poaching incident in 10 years occurred in the Pafuri section of the park in May.

Elephant poaching for their tusks was a big problem in the late 1990s but since then the focus has moved to rhino horn.

Read more on:    kruger national park  |  animals  |  rhino poaching  |  poaching

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