Poverty – and unemployment – is the root cause of poaching and crime. The most important long term solution to poaching in South Africa is to eliminate poverty in all those communities that harbour poachers. This will be easier to do in the case of Kruger National Park, however, than it will be on isolated game ranches in commercial farming areas.
The tremendous African population explosion – doubling every 20 to 30 years – will lead to more poaching for survival which will become a “far more important problem than the poaching of rhinos for their horns.
“Aghast though we might be, therefore, at the present level of rhino poaching for their horns, we have to understand that this is just the tip of the iceberg.”