Rhino Poaching In South Africa Has Decreased By Nearly 53 Percent During Coronavirus Lockdown

It looks like the coronavirus pandemic has its ups too.

Rhino poaching in South Africa has decreased by nearly 53 percent during coronavirus lockdown.

In the first 6 months of this chaotic year, a dramatic down pull of the curve was seen by experts, which they are considering amazing.

Ms. Barbara Creecy, the Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries, released a statement about the good news that was made public.

Minister Creecy said in the statement:

After a decade of implementing various strategies… efforts are paying off. We have been able to arrest the escalation of rhino losses.

The nationwide coronavirus lockdown and other associated law enforcement measures have helped restrict the movement of poachers.

As a result, they saw a huge drop in poaching efforts.

For the first time in almost 10 years, no rhinos were killed in the Intensive Protection Zone in the month of April.

Not only that, from the months of January and June this year, but 38 rhino poachers were also arrested in KNP (Kruger National Park) and 23 firearms were seized.

57 suspects were also arrested during SANParks ECI /SAPS operations outside of the KNP.

From January to June 2020, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) managed to obtain convictions in 15 cases and maintain a conviction rate of 100 percent.

The people that got convicted also got lengthy sentences by courts that were handling their cases.

In February this year, a 23 percent decline was seen in Rhino poaching along with a 43 percent decline in elephant poaching.

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