Poachers trump rangers

South Africa
Rangers at the Kruger National Park say they are trying their best to keep poachers out, but will not win without education drives on rhino poaching. eNCA

Limpopo, April 14 – A rhino poaching war is raging in the Kruger National Park.  The Defence Force and rangers say they are fighting night and day to try to keep out the huge number of poachers who infiltrate the park.  

The biggest challenge facing the anti-poaching unit is to catch the perpetrators before they slip across the Mozambican border. 

Once the perpetrators cross the border, the unit’s hands are tied because of the lenient legislation.  

No matter how many hours are worked, the unit says that the war cannot be won from the inside and that more education is needed in Asia, where the rhino horn is in great demand as traditional medicine.  

Watch:  Andrew Desmet, a ranger at the Kruger National Park, says it is difficult to accept the high number of rhinos poached, because rangers often work day and night to combat poaching.

-eNCA

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