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Rhino poaching: KNP's eastern border most vulnerable

Edna Molewa says the area is fertile ground for rhino poachers.

FILE: Edna Molewa says the eastern border of the Kruger Park is fertile ground for rhino poachers.

CAPE TOWN - Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has identified the eastern border of the Kruger National Park as the most vulnerable spot for rhino.

Molewa has briefed the media on an integrated strategic management plan.

The plan includes the proposed translocation of several hundred animals in an attempt to give poachers the slip.

Molewa says the eastern border of the Kruger Park with Mozambique is fertile ground for rhino poachers.

A fence will now be erected in a bid to keep poachers out.

Molewa says the poachers are slick.

"We recognise that poaching is part of a multibillion dollar elicit worldwide wildlife trade."

South African National Parks estimate that about 500 animals could be transferred to neighbouring countries including Zambia and Botswana as well as local private game reserves.