Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife says it is continuing to closely monitor its game reserves as the number of rhino poached in the province climbs to 218.

This is thirty-seven more than at the same time last year. Spokesperson Musa Mntambo has emphasized that this year’s figure could have been higher, had it not been for the security measures put in place. He says 150 suspected poachers were arrested this year.

Mntambo says they are grateful to communities living adjacent to the reserves who report suspected rhino poaching.

“I can confirm that as a province we have witnessed the increase in rhino poaching this year. We suspect that the cause of this was when the Kruger National Park intensified it’s security measures then the poachers in Kruger National Park moved down to KZN because most of the guys we arrested this year come from Mpumalanga province. So far – this year we have arrested 150 for rhino poaching. We are happy about reports from people living around our game reserves who keep on feeding us with information for people who propose to poach in our reserves.”