Julian Rademeyer Comments on the Current State of Rhino Poaching Prevention
The first incidence of rhino poaching this year occurred in the Kruger National Park less than a week into 2013. The park, which lost 425 rhinos to poachers last year, now makes use of a drone and a surveillance plane to monitor its grounds.
Erin Conway-Smith from the Global Post spoke to Julian Rademeyer, author of Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade, who said that syndicates are starting to use Mozambique as their base – which is not good news for the Kruger National Park. Rademeyer said that there is “virtually no enforcement of wildlife crime” in Mozambique and predicted that “it’s going to get substantially worse”, despite the anti-poaching efforts.
Rangers at the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s best-known safari destinations, didn’t have to wait long for their first battle of the new year.
Less than a week into 2013, field rangers stationed in a section of the vast park near South Africa’s border with Mozambique found themselves in a gunfight with three suspected poachers. The men escaped, leaving behind a high-caliber hunting rifle and a bag full of rhino horns. The carcass of an endangered white rhinoceros was later found nearby.