Five months ago Edna Molewa, South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs, announced the "Strategic Rhino Management Plan." It comprised elements of better intelligence and law enforcement involvement, strengthened anti-poaching efforts, and translocating rhinos into safer zones.
After the worst year of poaching in history, Molewa reported on the progress of the strategy in a media briefing today.
Here are the highlights:
The program is ongoing and continues to be a success. In the last quarter of 2014, 56 rhinos had been moved out of poaching hotspots and translocated from certain areas within the Kruger National Park (KNP) to an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) as well as well as to other more secure areas.
In addition, approximately 100 rhinos have been translocated to neighboring states during 2014, through both private partnerships and government initiatives.