Over the past nine years, the white and black rhino populations of the Kruger National Park have plummeted by 66.4 and 64.5 per cent respectively. Professor Keith Somerville, a writer and lecturer on African affairs, reveals the crisis behind the figures.
Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and member of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, welcomes the news of a dip in the number of rhinos poached in South Africa and Namibia.
Rhino poaching in South Africa is down by 25 per cent but there is still a mountain to climb, says Professor Keith Somerville, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Rhino conservationists breathed a sigh of relief on 13 February when Nomvula Mokonyane, South Africa’s environment minister, reported ‘significant progress’ in the country’s […]
Image: White rhino in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa © Keith Somerville Professor Keith Somerville applauds South Africa’s war against rhino poachers, but cautions against complacency.
Image: White rhino in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa South Africa’s long-awaited statistical report on rhino poaching reveal a 10.3 per cent dip in the numbers illegally killed in 2016 compared to the previous year. However, the picture is far from straightforward, explains Professor Keith Somerville.