WWF Calls for a Global effort against Poaching
Black rhino mother and calf at one of WWF South Africa's Black Rhino Range Expansion Project sites where ongoing conservation work is being done to increase rhino populations.
With news of a further increase in illegal killing of rhino in South Africa in 2014, WWF is calling for a concerted international community effort to battle aggressive poaching by organized crime syndicates. Official figures show 1,215 rhinos, mostly from Kruger National Park, were killed in 2014 - a 21% increase from 2013. WWF commended the efforts of the rangers as well as the government, who reported 386 arrests in rhino related crimes. There is also hope that the global conference on illegal wildlife trade to be hosted by Botswana in March will bring commitments to fight the trade and save the rhinos and threatened species from international traffickers.
Original article posted on: 22.01.15 Updated on: 19.03.15