JOHANNESBURG — Wildlife authorities say they are increasing security measures in South Africa’s game-rich national parks following a rash of poaching incidents and a violent robbery.
JOHANNESBURG — Wildlife authorities say they are increasing security measures in South Africa’s game-rich national parks following a rash of poaching incidents and a violent robbery. The Kruger National Park has lost 27 rhinos to poachers this year. Earlier this month, robbers held a guard at gunpoint and stole 10.3 kilograms (22.7 pounds) of rhino horns and ivory from the Addo Elephant National Park. Reynold Thakhuli of the South African National Parks agency said Thursday that authorities were spending rands 2 million ($260,000) to hire 57 rangers, buy motorcycles and upgrade crime-tracking computer systems. South Africa is home to lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo — animals most prized by tourists and poachers. ______ In photo: Kenya Wildlife Service officials display tusks that were part of a cargo that included 16 elephant tusks weighing 280 kg and two black rhino horns that were impounded Tuesday July 14, 2009 in a cargo plane heading to Bangkok, Thailand when it stopped over at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the Kenyan capital city, Nairobi. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi) Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.