When confronted with the possibility of rhino extinction, the South Africa DEA's (Department of Environmental Affairs) response has been "not on my watch." But what are they doing to prevent extinction?
With all the questions, doubt, and mayhem surrounding the current state of affairs, the plan that remains unchanged is the translocation of rhinos out of Kruger National Park. Two thirds of the rhino poached have been in Kruger. The idea is to move them away from poaching hotspots and create rhino strongholds, where there is intense protection.
The park's goal is "to basically ensure that you've got a foundation of animals that are secure and that you can use as a source population to take elsewhere," according to Markus Hofmeyr, head of veterinary services at Kruger National Park.
They are not wasting anytime. 45 rhinos have been moved within the last month. Some have been moved to a highly protected area within Kruger, while others have been settled into other parks and reserves. The initiative will continue will more being moved into 2015.