An auction of rhino horns from the stockpiles of the world’s biggest private breeder will go ahead Monday after a South African court ordered that the government release permits for them.
Rhino poaching in South Africa has intensified this year after a record number of animals were killed in 2014, according to Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.
In the period to Aug. 27, 749 rhinos were poached compared with 716 in the same time frame last year, Molewa told reporters on Sunday in the capital, Pretoria. Of that total, 544 were killed in the 2 million-hectare Kruger National Park, which borders Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official.
A record 1,020 rhinos have been killed by poachers for their horns in South Africathis year, more than all of 2013 and triple the number four years ago.
South Africa, home to most of the world’s rhinos, said while it’s seeing success in slowing the increase in the rate of rhino poaching, it’s considering advocating the legalizing of rhino-horn trade to stop the killing of the animals.