By Emily Corke
Community members adjacent to reserves are caught in the crossfire between poverty paying poachers.
JOHANNESBURG - The anti-rhino poaching campaign is being seen to cause tensions between neighbouring communities and rhino owners.
Chairperson of the Private Rhino Owners Association Pelham Jones says instead of bringing in more money and more weaponry to save the rhino, education programs need to be put in place to include adjacent communities in conserving the animals.
Jones says neighbouring community members are caught in the crossfire between poverty and poachers who pay.
“You start to now know get a hardening of attitude between the communities adjacent to a reserve because the breadwinner is no longer there.”
He says families often lose loved ones in clashes with anti-poaching rangers.
Jones say rangers are often badly affected by this.
He says clashes almost always end in a shootout with people dead or wounded.