Abstract:

Securing Rhino in Protected Areas and on Private Land in South Africa – Status, Evaluation and Solutions

Tony AJ Conway

This paper presents an overview of the trends and statistics of illegally killed rhino in South Africa and neighbouring SADC countries from 2000 to date.  The presentation then focusses on the ‘first line of defence’ against this killing, notably the prevention of illegal killing on protected lands both state and private.  These defensives strategies are no different to those applied to any counter insurgency problem and the same principles apply.  Using these principles, actions and criteria, the paper then evaluates the history of rhino poached against a suite of actual (but undisclosed) protected areas from KZN and their compliance with required standards.  What emerges is a pattern which clearly demonstrates that if you haven’t got all your ‘ducks in a row’ you will lose rhino to poachers. Such evaluations give clear direction to site level intervention plans aimed at reducing the threat to rhino on protected lands in KwaZulu-Natal.  The important message to dedicated and enthusiastic public supporters of rhino conservation, is that there is no ‘silver bullet’ for resolving rhino security issues on protected lands across the province or the country, instead unique site level interventions must be identified and supported.

Presentation Topic

Securing Rhino in Protected Areas and on Private Land in South Africa – Status, Evaluation and Solutions

 

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