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An intensive protection zone has been created in Kruger National Park in the latest move to protect the region's rhinos from poachers. In other moves, four forensic trailers have been handed to Sanparks and regional governments to investigate conservation crime scenes.
So far this year, 390 rhinos have been poached in South Africa - 290 of which were killed in the Kruger National Park. But Environmental Minister Edna Molewa says that one rhino killed is one too many, and the country is ramping up its war on poachers.
After surviving having her horn hacked off in 2012, Thandi - a white rhino at the Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape - has become a symbol of hope in the fight against poaching. The birth of her calf on Tuesday shows that a future generation of life is possible, says wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds.
South African National Parks has received 1 000 DNA kits from the University of Pretoria to ensure effective prosecution of rhino poachers. The kits will allow for horns found in possession of poachers to be linked with animal carcasses.