In a statement, the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, announced that seven Integrated Wildlife Zones are being introduced in order to protect the rhino population.
“The introduction of the Integrated Wildlife Zones, similar to the Integrated Protection Zones previously utilized within national parks and provincial reserves, sees an expansion of the effort to protect the world’s largest black and white rhino populations. By introducing a zoning approach, the necessary resources can be redirected to areas most in need of support,” the Minister says.
In celebration of World Rhino Day, 22 September, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in South Africa announced that 13 black rhino calves have been born in 2020 across sites in South Africa and Malawi as part of their Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.
“We decided to increase the range of black rhino in order to increase growth rate and numbers of the critically endangered species. It started slowly and has taken a lot of hard work and commitment from a lot of partners. Now we are starting to see the results that we hoped for,” says project leader Dr Jacques Flamand.
WWF SA says that there are about 270 black rhinos across 13 sites.
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries says that it hopes this initiative aims to end rhino poaching and the smuggling of rhino horns.