Despite beefed up efforts to fight rhino poaching in South Africa, 769 animals have been killed since January.
The vast majority of Rhino’s have been poached in the Kruger National Park with 489 animals being killed for their horns.
Limpopo province has been 103 Rhino’s poached so far this year, with KwaZulu-Natal on 65.
There has been an increase in the Eastern Cape where 12 Rhino’s have been poached, compared to 5 last year.
Unfortunately, there is no indication that rhino poaching in South Africa is controllable, as rhino deaths continue to increase, despite the government deploying the SANDF along the border between Kruger National Park and Mozambique.
South Africa is home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation.
However rhino poaching has reached a crisis point, and if the killing continues at this rate, we could see rhino deaths overtaking births in 2016-2018, meaning rhinos could go extinct in the very near future.