Elephants graze in a marsh on October 8, 2013 at Amboseli National Park
in Kenya (AFP Photo/Tony Karumba)
Park ranger Stephen Midzi patrols a
section of Kruger National Park, in
northern South Africa, scouting for
possible poachers on July 31,
2014 (AFP Photo)
Park rangers patrol a section of Kruger
National Park, in South Africa, scouting
for possible poachers on July 31, 2014
Adding helicopters, drones, and security forces to the nation's wildlife reserves could help, but only if matched by efforts to quelch demand in Asia, he said.
"If you are able to stop the market for ivory and rhino horns, definitely you will be able to save these species," he said.
Last year, some 20,000 elephants were slaughtered in Africa, outpacing their
birthrate, while in South Africa alone, 1,004 rhinos were killed, for a rate of about
three per day (AFP Photo)