South Africa government relocates Rhinos from Kruger National Park
South African Government’s Ministry of Environment has announced its plan to evacuate hundreds of rhinos from country’s famous Kruger National Park to save them from poachers. The step is part of a plan to curb illegal hunts for rhino horn. The number of rhinos to be relocated can be up to 500. South Africa is home to more than 80% of Africa’s rhinos. Illegal poaching has surged from 13 in 2007 to 1,004 in 2013.
The Kruger National Park, which is of a similar size to Wales or Israel, is thought to be home to as few as 8,400 white rhinos. Although international trade in rhino horn has been made illegal since 1977, demand remains high in some Asian nations, where it is used both in traditional medicine and as a symbol of wealth.