Moving all rhino not possible - Kruger Park

2014-11-29 14:49
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Johannesburg - Not all rhino could be moved to safety this year, a Kruger National Park spokesperson said on Saturday.

"It was not possible to move all rhino this year. Moving rhino is not an easy task," said William Mabasa.

The task involved having to go and track down rhino, immobilise it and put it in a boma for rehabilitation before relocating it.

"It is a long intensive process and one cannot say 500 rhino would be moved within a specific period. Factors such as the weather temperature are also considered," Mabasa said.

He said around 70 rhino had been relocated to other parks and to safer parts of the KNP.

Poaching

The SA National Parks announced in October that the relocation of some of the white rhino in the KNP had begun.

This followed a rhino management strategy adopted by Cabinet in August to curb poaching.

The department of environmental affairs announced on 20 November that the number of rhinos poached in South Africa was at 1 020.

The number already exceeded the 1 004 that were poached in the whole of 2013.

The KNP, where 672 of the animals have been killed, bore the brunt of the poaching.

A total of 344 people had been arrested in connection with rhino poaching.

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