South Africa: Wildlife preserve anti-poaching efforts threatened by COVID-19 crisis

The Dinokeng Game Reserve, a large wildlife sanctuary in Gauteng, South Africa, is struggling to keep its anti-poaching and conservation activities due to the decline in tourism revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Giraffes, wildebeest and other wild animals can be seen roaming the reserve in footage from Tuesday, while the Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) cut an antelope free and dismantled poachers... Еще' traps, something they do hundreds of times a day to protect the reserve's rhinos, elephants, lions, cheetahs and more. We make provisions from tourism income. Currently, with the lockdown there is no income coming into the reserve, so that means there is no funding coming in to support any operations in the game reserve. We did apply for some fund relief from [the] government but that will only come in some time,» said reserve general manager David Boshoff. «This pandemic has a huge impact on the operations of the game reserve. We can only cope for another two to three months. If there is no income to the game reserve we'll probably have to seriously consider closing down the game reserve,» he added. Wildlife parks in South Africa are closed for visitors since March 25 until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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