By Kevin Heath
On the eve of World Rhino Day South Africa has released the latest rhino stats and the number of rhino killed by poachers has soared past the total for last year. To date – 21st September 2013 – the total number of rhino killed is 688 which is 20 more than was killed in the entire year last year.
The number of rhino killed is 53 up on the last release of official figures just 8 days ago on 13th September. It’s been a bloody run-up to World Rhino Day tomorrow (22nd September).
The latest figures were released when the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa took part in an awareness raising walk as part of the World Rhino Day celebrations.
The Rhino Day Street Parade was hosted jointly by the Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks, the City of Tshwane, SA National Biodiversity Institute, the National Zoological Gardens of SA in Pretoria, the Unitrans-driven Unite Against Poaching, and the Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre in Mamelodi.
The parade was led by the Chief Executive of SANPaks Dr David Mabunda, the MMC for Environmental Management Services in the City of Tshwane, Ms Petunia Mashaba, and the Deputy Director-General for Biodiversity and Conservation in the Department of Environmental Affairs Fundisile Mketeni.
The march signals the sustained commitment of the youth to the future of the country’s environmental security, and integrity. Stats....