By Noxolo Nkabinde
Big Game Parks Swaziland has tightened security following the recent reports of increasing cases of rhino poaching.
Head of Conservation Mikey Riley said the cases could be likened to a fire which starts small but has the potential of growing huge.
He said it was important to prevent the country from being vulnerable to the poachers by all means.
“We work closely with the neighbouring countries on such cases, share information and alert each other each time anything comes up.
“Also, we try by all means to tighten the security because although the figures are manageable it does not mean we have to be complacent,” he said.
Making a presentation earlier, Jubela, as he is popularly known, said they had put a number of measures in place to try and avoid poaching cases.
These included increasing of safety the equipment for rangers, training of dogs highly sensitive to smell, as well as engaging the director of public prosecution’s office on harsher sentences for suspects.
He also said the country was lucky to have a head of state, His Majesty King Mswati III, who was fully behind conservation.