Global efforts to save rhino and elephants

Hundreds of people in 136 cities have marched against rhino and elephant poaching.

Hundreds of Johannesburg residents joined 133 other cities around the world in marching against the poaching of rhino and elephant on 4 October 2014 in Sandton. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people in 136 cities including Johannesburg and Pretoria have marched against rhino and elephant poaching calling for immediate action.

In Johannesburg, a 4 kilometre march also called for an end to the hunting of captive lions.

Marchers in Paris called for the protection of tigers and in Nairobi, Kenyans marched for increased protection of the country's wildlife.

In the weeks before the marches, activists delivered letters to embassies of countries such as Vietnam and China, where the ivory trade is legal, to demand stricter measures against smuggling.

The environment ministry's Albie Modise said, "If anyone is found to be working with the syndicates they will be flushed out of government."

Yesterday marked World Animal Day.

Video: Johannesburg joins world in anti-poaching march.