Mozambican poachers are using sugar cane fields to sneak into the Kruger National Park, where shootouts with anti-poaching teams are peaking and rhino poaching statistics continue to rise. Fiona Macleod reports
Oxpeckers associate Estacios Valoi reports that at least five elephants were killed in 48 hours in just one reserve in northern Mozambique. He photographed local villagers cutting meat off the elephants, after they had been poached and their tusks removed.
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Poachers are involved in “a mad scramble” to kill rhinos and get their horns out of South Africa’s flagship Kruger National Park, according to reliable intelligence sources. The horns are sold illegally, which is facilitated by layers of corruption amongst officials and politicians
Mozambique is at the center of sophisticated smuggling routes set up to launder rhino horns and ivory from Southern Africa to Asian countries. Oxpeckers investigations follow the main players and trafficking routes
China accounted for nearly 80% of the reported seizures of illegal rhino horns in Asia between 2009 and late last year, despite the fact that the Chinese government banned illicit trade in horns in early 1993.