Tipping point: transnational organised crime and the war on poaching

More than 6 000 rhino have been killed in Africa over the last decade and about 25 000 remain on the continent, according to a new report. The Kruger National Park (KNP) is the eye of the storm, accounting for roughly 60% of poaching incidents over the past seven years, the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime said in its report. The park holds 8 875 southern white rhino and 384 south-eastern black rhino. These account for around 48.2% and 7.3% of the world’s white and black rhino. Most of the animals were clustered in an Intensive Protection Zone in the south of the KNP. The park has lost more than 3 189 rhino to poachers in the last decade and the population now appears to be declining, the report said. The document is entitled “Tipping Point: Transnational Organised Crime and the War on Rhino Poaching”.