WATCH: SA's rhinos are in a good state - here's why

Great big story

Cape Town -  How do you protect an animal that's worth more than gold on the black market? 

SA is home to the world's largest population and  in 2014, poachers killed over 1 200 rhinos. That number dropped the following year to 1 175 thanks to the efforts of Unite Against Poaching.

But make no mistake, the war on poaching continues.

Talented videographer and storyteller Ben Brown, of Great Big Story, teamed up with Kruger's volunteer rangers who are trying to save these magnificent creatures.

Says Brown, "Great Big Story is a video network dedicated to the untold, overlooked & flat-out amazing. Humans are capable of incredible things & we're here to tell their stories. When a rocket lands in your backyard, you get in."

In this video posted to YouTube Brown chats to John Turner, National chairperson of Kruger's Honorary Rangers, who is confident the war against poaching can be won. Turner details a number of techniques the park is employing to stem the tide. 


Soon visitors to the park can expect to see the park's special K9 team sniffing and checking cars too as an added safety measure, according to Turner.

It is boggling to note that while some devote their lives to the protection of rhinos, others are seeking to exploit loopholes - as is the case with the dismissal of Supreme Court of appeals application by SA's department of environmental affairs to have a moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn reinstated.

Loopholes around the protection of endangered species are set to be weighed and debated at the COP17 conference with SA as the host country - if you're interested to know more, check this out

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