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South Africa to evacuate hundreds of rhinos from poaching-hit Kruger park

Published on Aug 12, 2014 6:45 PM
 
Park ranger Stephen Midzi patrols a section of Kruger National Park, in northern South Africa, scouting for possible poachers on July 31, 2014. South Africa plans to evacuate hundreds of rhinos from the famed Kruger National Park to safe havens out of horn smugglers' reach, the environment minister announced Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - South Africa plans to evacuate hundreds of rhinos from the famed Kruger National Park to safe havens out of horn smugglers' reach, the environment minister announced Tuesday.

"A decision has been made on this issue of translocation," said Ms Edna Molewa, announcing an action plan to curb spiralling illegal hunts for rhino horn.

"Relocations from the Kruger National Park and the creation of rhino strongholds could allow the total rhino population size of South Africa to continue to grow," she said.

The authorities "could relocate up to 500" rhinos, which can weigh a tonne or more, said South African National Parks ecologist Sam Ferreira.

 
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