South African rhino poaching halves in six months thanks to Covid-19 lockdown

Killings fell by 53% in the first six months of 2020 as restrictions and disruption to international flights hinder poachers

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The number of South African rhinos killed by poachers fell by half in the first six months of the year, partly helped by the nationwide coronavirus lockdown and disruption to international smuggling rings.

During the first six months of the year, 166 rhino were poached in South Africa, compared with 316 in the first half of 2019, Barbara Creecy, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, said on Friday, a drop of 53%.

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