Rhino Poaching Numbers Fall in South Africa in 2015
Numbers remain staggeringly high, but for the first time since 2007, the number of rhinos poached has not grown.
For the first time since 2008, South Africa has seen a decrease in rhino poaching. Last year, 1,175 rhinos were poached—40 fewer than in 2014 but still significantly higher than the 13 killed in 2007.
“Considering that this is...in the face of an increased and relentless rise of poaching activity into protected areas—this is very, very good news,” said Edna Molewa, the minister of South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, who announced the statistics Thursday morning.
But poaching in Kruger National Park, which is home to somewhere between 8,400 and 9,300 rhinos, has been on the rise. Molewa said 202 poachers were arrested in the park last year, and another 115 were arrested just outside it. South Africa is home