Rhino Poaching in South Africa declined during the period which saw the world impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The rhino poaching has declined by 33% last year. Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy had said that the Kruger National Park, where most of the poaching took place, experienced 1,573 such activities last year—a decrease of 21.9 per cent in comparison to the number in 2019, which was 2,014. Creecy believed while the lockdown assisted in the reduction, security measures were the key.
“The role of rangers and security personnel who remained at their posts, and the additional steps taken by the government to effectively deal with these and related offences, also played a significant role,” she said.
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the two African rhino species—black rhino (Endangered) and white rhino (Near Threatened)—have both increased in number in recent years due to successful conservation efforts, especially in South Africa.