Armed rangers have killed nearly 500 mostly young Mozambicans for poaching from 2010-2015. Kruger National Park, South Africa’s main tourist draw, has witnessed a massive surge in rhino poaching to meet the demand for horn in Vietnam and China where the belief that Rhino horn (keratin) has amazing curative powers. This claim that 500 poachers have been killed is quite astonishing and may be questionable at best.
The Botswana Rhino Project, managed by Martin Ives, is a partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the government of Botswana. Mr Ives was appointed National Rhino Coordinator, amazing since in 1992, there were zero black Rhinos in Botswana. Ives wondered if black Rhinos could be reintroduced much like Yellowstone’s wolves.