Good news out of South Africa (home to a very large rhinoceros population) – poaching numbers seem to be decreasing and poaching related arrests are increasing.
2016 saw 1,054 rhinos poached for the horns, a drop from the 1,174 rhinos taken in South Africa in 2015. At the same time, there were approximately 680 arrests that came as a direct result of park ranger intervention, up from about 315 such arrests in 2015.
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The demand for rhinoceros horn does not appear to have let up over the past few years, but poachers are finding their jobs much harder to do as South Africa’s federal government has gone on a park ranger hiring spree. An increase in the number of patrols does look like it’s having the desired effect as evidenced by the doubling of the year over year arrest numbers.
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