- Title: South Africa rhino poaching falls from record high
- Date: 24th July 2017
- Summary: MPUMALANGA, SOUTH AFRICA (FILE - SEPTEMBER 16, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF RANGER HOLDING RIFLE RANGERS WALKING DEAD RHINO LYING ON ITS SIDE DEAD RHINO BEING SCANNED WITH DETECTOR BY INSPECTORS VARIOUS OF INSPECTORS PROBING DEAD RHINO
- Embargoed: 7th August 2017 15:29
- Keywords: poaching South Africa elephants environment rhino poaching tougher jail sentences
- Location: CAPE TOWN, MPUMALANGA AND NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
- City: CAPE TOWN, MPUMALANGA AND NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife
- Reuters ID: LVA0016R2UXQF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The number of poached rhinos in South Africa decreased by 13 animals to 529 between January and June compared with the same period last year, a downward trend welcomed with cautious optimism by the government on Monday.
Rhino poaching in South Africa surged from 83 in 2008 to a record 1,215 in 2014 to meet burgeoning demand in newly affluent Asian countries such as Vietnam, where their horns are prized as an ingredient in traditional medicines.
South Africa has more than 80 percent of the world's rhinos, with about 18,000 white rhinos and close to 2,000 black rhinos. It has countered poaching by increasing activity by park rangers and tougher jail sentences.
A total of 243 rhino carcasses were found in the Kruger National Park, which has traditionally borne the brunt of rhino poaching, down from 354 in January-June last year, but the decrease in Kruger was mostly offset by increased poaching elsewhere.
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