EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: South African National Parks
Kruger National Park (KNP) has lately become a target for elephant poaching, with 19 elephants killed since January 2015, 12 of which took place in September and October 2015.
“We are saddened by the latest developments in the northern part of the park where the majority of the elephants were poached so far. We lost two elephants at the beginning of this year, then it went silent for four months until July when three elephants were poached. This was followed by another two in August, seven in September and then five this month, which brings the total number of elephants poached this year to 19”, said the general manager for communications and marketing, William Mabasa.
In May 2014 South African National Parks (SANParks) expressed its shock at the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the KNP in well over 10 years that took place in the Pafuri section of the park. The KNP lost two elephants over the course of last year.
“Given the situation in the rest of the continent pertaining to widespread poaching of elephants, we cannot allow this destabilisation of our keystone species to continue further. We are confident that the dedication and efforts, which our rangers and partners in the security sector have displayed towards the fight against rhino will prevail over this latest problem,” concluded Mabasa.