The ever growing rate of rhino poaching in South Africa is hampering economic growth opportunities in the Eastern Cape Province.
This has emerged at the recent Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency Game Auction in Port Elizabeth.
The hunting industry is losing a billion of rands in revenue as a result of this.
Over 500 animals were on auction this year, but not a single rhino was auctioned.
Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency Vuyani Dayimani says rhino are an endangered species:
“We are more considering conserving them as part of our expansion program,” says Dayimani.
“For the year under review, we will be doing part of that expansion for about 20 to 30 of our black rhino as part of the expansion program,” says Dayimani who adds that there are still areas where it is necessary to grow and expand the population that the country and the continent have.