2022 could be KwaZulu-Natal’s worst year of rhino poaching yet

Posted on 7 April 2022 By David Henning

At least 75 rhinos have been poached in KwaZulu-Natal since the start of 2022, which could end up being the worst year on record for KZN’s rhinos.

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According to the Daily Maverick, the 75 rhinos poached in the first 92 days of 2022 have mostly affected Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. In 2017, a record 222 rhinos were poached in KZN but dropped to 93 in 2020 and 102 last year.

Anti-poaching efforts in the Kruger National Park has seen relative success, SANParks did warn that poaching syndicates are looking to other areas for easy prey.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park seems to have become easy pickings for poachers, where there are simply not enough boots on the ground to cope.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is Africa’s oldest conservation area, proclaimed in 1875 to protect the last remnant population of the southern white rhino, which was instrumental in repopulating Kruger in the early days.

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