Elephant poaching on the rise at KNP

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Elephant poaching is on the increase in the Kruger National Park. Poachers are targeting the northern part of the park, close to the Mozambique border.

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JOHANNESBURG - Elephant poaching is on the increase in the Kruger National Park with poachers targeting the northern part of the park, close to the Mozambique border.

There are more than 17000 elephants in the Kruger National Park, but it’s feared they are now becoming the target of international poaching syndicates.

Last year 22 were poached and this year 20 have already been shot.

SanParks Chief Ranger Nicholus Funda said,"There is high concentration of elephants up here. That&39;s why we are losing them. Secondly, we think that the poachers that were poaching rhino up north, they have changed now. They are poaching elephants because there are no rhinos up north anymore."

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