Africa still trapped deepening rhino poaching

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released early march a report on deepening rhino poaching crisis in Africa. At least 1,338 rhinos were killed by poachers across the continent in 2015.

By Wandile Kallipa

Several African rhinos were killed by poachers for the sixth years, indicates an International Union for Conservation of Nature’s report. A least 1,338 rhinos were killed across Africa in 2015, according to a deep  analysis compiled by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG).

« One of the most important things that the countries in Africa must realize it is that the wildlife crime and the poaching of Rhinos is not a wildlife crime, it’s an economic crime, » says Mike Knight, Chair of IUCN’s Africa Rhino Specialist Group ( AfRSG).« Because it’s been organized by transnational organised crime networks, » he adds.

South East Asia is criticized for this current crisis which is the highest. Indeed, since 2008, poachers have killed at least 5, 5,940 African rhinos, noted the report.

In 2015, South Africa lost around US$25 million from the Rhinos killed illegally, according to the report. However, in countries such as Kenya, poaching has declined, for the first time since 2008.  For Mr Knight, increasing  law enforcement and solidarity between countries can eliminate illegal hunting.

We can’t solve this issue nationally. We have to do it through cooperation, internationally, particulary, regionally. We have to make sure that our governments are talking to each other, » he urges.

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Wandile Kallipa is senior  a journalist from South Africa. He is currently working at Channel Africa

( SABC) as a senior radio journalist, dealing with environmental issues. He studied mostly in Bucharest.

He has a Bachelor of Art in Journalism, obtained in the Academia Stefan Gheorghiu in 1985. He worked then for Radio Freedom, the Voice of the African National Congress Broadcasting from Radio Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam.

A few years later, he joined the Zambian Broadcasting Corporation for Radio Freedom. In 1998, he  went back to Romania for further studies where he studied Law at the University of Bucharest Faculty of Law. He Graduated in 1991, obtaining an M.A. At Law Degree. Upon his return to South Africa, he joined the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s external service in 1997.

Journaliste spécialiste des questions d’environnement, Wandile Kalippa, est basé en Afrique du Sud. Fin connaisseur des problématiques environnementales et scientifiques,  Wandile  exerce depuis plus de 30 ans à la radio. Journaliste senior à Channel Africa à la South African Broadcasting Corporation ( SABC), Wandile possède un master de droit et d’une licence  de journalisme, obtenus en Roumanie.

 

 

 

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