Elephant poaching in the Kruger National Park remains a problem.
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The increasing number of elephants being poached in the Kruger National Park has been described as a ‘ticking time bomb,’ by a conservationist. This comes as the Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa last week revealed 68 elephants were slaughtered in the country.
This includes 67 inside the Kruger and another in KwaZulu-Natal during last year 2017.
This is 20 more than the previous year.
In a bid to protect the species, rangers in the Kruger fight rhino poachers in the southern portion of the park as well as elephant poachers in the north on the border with Mozambique. This means splitting precious resources.
They are working with the Mozambique government, and have also been using helicopters, technology, the police and the army in their battle with elephant poachers.
The rangers also suspect rhino poachers have switched to elephant poaching in the northern part of the park.
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