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Herd of Cape Eland targeted by illegal hunters

The CT Environmental Education Trust is trying to protect a herd of Eland from illegal hunting.

FILE. The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust says they are doing all they can to protect a herd of Eland from illegal hunting. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust says they're doing all they can to protect a herd of Eland from illegal hunting.

The City of Cape Town has urged the public to be on the lookout for suspected illegal hunters in the Cape's nature reserves.

Illegal hunting of animals like the Cape Hare and Grysbok are placing them in danger of becoming extinct locally.

The Trust's Petro Botha says they are doing all they can to protect five young Eland who were reintroduced back into the Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve last month.

"We haven't had any problems yet. The eland return to at night where they are kept safe. We don't let them out in the reserve overnight. During the day, they have monitors to make sure they're safe."

It's hoped the Eland that last roamed the Cape's natural areas 200 years ago, will prevent vegetation encroachment.

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