As Africa’s rhino population plummets, South African anti-poaching firms are using paramilitary tactics to defend the animal.
“We’re hunting poachers all the time,” Mark Preston, an anti-poaching ranger, said. “If you just sit and wait for gunshots, all you get is carcasses.” Despite the foot patrols, CCTV cameras, and special task teams, this area alone lost four rhinos in one night last week.
Conservationists and anti-poaching groups say it is part of a disturbing new trend. In South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park, 750 rhinos have been poached this year alone. Last year 1,215 were slaughtered across the country — that’s one every eight hours, according to Save the Rhino.
“Unfortunately, the feet on the ground with the gun that kill a poacher, I believe, is the wrong way forward,” Vincent Barkas from Protrack Anti-Poaching says. “We’re causing more resentment, more hatred towards our wildlife and towards our conservation as a whole than we are any good.”
CNN’s David McKenzie reports. Read more here: http://cnn.it/1L2Wr6k