Rhino Poaching Update

Tragically more then 630 rhinos have been killed in South Africa in 2012 and most of them in the Kruger National Park.  Poachers who usually used AK-47’s which are much noisier giving the Rangers a better chance of hearing shooting and signaling  possible poaching are now armed with large calibre hunting rifles able to drop a rhino with one shot.  The Rangers who go after these poachers are better armed than your average soldier, but these Poachers have been trained from a very young age about bushcraft and are able to evade tracker dogs, scores of rangers, night vision googles and choppers in thickets and sometimes even cover themselves in grass making spotting very difficult.  Many of these poachers come from villages that line the Mozambican border where they grow up tracking missing goats, problem hippo raiding crops or leopards preying on their cattle and eventually end up poaching rhino as it is such a lucrative business.  I am sure we all agree that something drastic needs to be done and soon.  SANParks have commented that in the next few months an array of new high-tech  weaponry will be pitted against rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park.  There will be more helicopters, spotter planes and even drones that proved so successful in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  How these new technologies will help only time will tell.

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