South Africa is assessing the costs of rebuilding a fence between the Kruger National Park and Mozambique to deter poachers who’ve killed 350 rhinos this year, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said.
A request was received from South African National Parks, or SANParks, to re-erect the boundary, Molewa said in reply to a question in Parliament. “The duration of the construction will be determined once investigations are completed.”
At least 350 rhinos have been killed in South Africa this year, with 242 in Kruger National Park, which borders Mozambique, the Department of Environmental Affairs said in a May 23 statement. The animals’ horns sell in China and Vietnam for more than gold by weight.
Police and rangers have arrested three suspected poachers, SANParks said in a statement today. This year 56 people have been arrested in connection with poaching in the park.