As Ken Maggs, the head of the environmental crimes unit in SANParks explains about rangers,"You'll get some individuals that are really heart and soul conservationists, but generally speaking, it is a job, and jobs are not easy to come by. To have a job is really important."
When asked, most poachers would choose a safer, more reliable method of bringing home a paycheck if there was an option.
As one local poacher explained, "I don't bear a grudge against the rangers. We're all just trying to do the best for our family. If I was offered a job as a ranger, I wouldn't have to poach." But, the fact is that there just are not enough jobs to go around.
The reality is communities are fighting against one another in a war in which there are no winners. They're trying to put food on the table for their families, while the wealthy do as they've always done; the Asians following a pointless trend of horn, the politicians turning a blind eye and basking in their own luxuries. And of course, an innocent species caught in middle.