Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, is tightening its security to prevent rhino poaching, recruiting an additional 18 security personnel, who will be deployed in 10 rhino reserves.
The province has also partnered with the Department of Environmental Affairs at national level to appoint 412 Environmental Monitors, who had been dispatched to 23 Ezemvelo Protected Areas.
The function of the monitors is to educate communities living adjacent to the protected areas of the importance of conservation and rhinos.
Co-management agreements have been signed with communities in areas such as Ndumo, Tembe, Okhukho, Hlabisa and Mpukunyoni to strengthen the partnerships between Ezemvelo and communities.
While the number of 172 rhinos killed this year is high, it could have been much higher had it not been for communities residing in the vicinity of our wildlife parks, who alert authorities to suspicious activity.
A Command Control Centre, whose function is to manage the deployment of security personnel and information management, has also been established in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.