The scale of rhino poaching in South Africa has reached crisis point, where the very survival of the rhino species in public parks like the Kruger National Park (KNP) is now threatened. Of the 1215 rhinos poached in South Africa during 2014, 827 (68%) were poached in the KNP, the epicentre of a battle that is currently being lost.
The global trade in illegal wildlife has become one of the largest sources of international organised criminal funding (alongside drugs, illegal arms and human trafficking) and is estimated to be worth over US$100 billion per year. With the value of rhino horn approximately double that of gold and platinum per kilogram, it is conservatively estimated that the value of the horns procured from rhinos poached in the KNP in 2014 alone was in excess of R4 billion.
The KNP, home to the single largest population of rhinos in the world, shares a border of approximately 365km with Mozambique. The widespread poverty of the communities that reside on the Mozambican side of this border, has led to Mozambique becoming the key staging area for the criminal syndicates (many of them based in South Africa) who fund and co-ordinate the poaching gangs tormenting the park.
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