Twenty bids were received during the South Africa National Parks (SANParks) tender process for the purchase of white rhino from the Kruger National Park. Proceeds from the sale of rhino will be allocated to a ring-fenced fund that will be ploughed into conservation projects, including rhino conservation. Security and habitat suitability assessments are to be carried out following site inspections at the properties owned by the leading bidders.
Proactive anti-poaching initiatives
During 2014 there was increased collaboration between provincial, national and international law-enforcement agencies, as well as the criminal justice system and prosecution service. Protection Zones, including the Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) have been set up and are fully functional. An Intelligence Working Group on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWG), coordinated by the National Intelligence Coordination Committee (NICOC) has been established and has started work.
Space for the South African Police Service (SAPS) Environmental Forensic Laboratory has been identified. Funding has been transferred to the University of Pretoria Veterinary Genetics Lab to increase capacity to process rhino DNA routine samples and to cover the costs of DNA kits. Forensic trailers have been procured and are in the process of being fitted with equipment and branded.
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