We all know how bad the poaching situation is for the defenseless rhinos in Africa. Poni did an wonderful presentation on these magnificent creatures, and it seems like the entire animal world is in a frenzy, trying to figure out how to save them! I came across this interesting national geographic article about how rhino poaching is actually worsening relations between countries. Mozambique and South Africa share a border where Kruger National Park is located. This means that both countries are discussing potential solutions for this massive problem, and they need to come to an agreement....fast! These rhinos do not have much time!
However, international discussions are not simple, and tensions are rising quickly. One potential solution is to put up a high security fence between the two countries, to secure the border and decrease illegally trespassing poachers. I personally don't know if this will solve the problem, and it doesn't seem like it would be in the best interest of the animals. As we discussed in class, animals know nothing of country bounds...land is land.
The article also states that South African Officials feel like Mozambique Officials are not cracking down on laws enough to get the job done. Many officials feel as though they are not taking this rhino poaching situation as seriously as they should. Could rhinos actually start a border war between two countries? When I think about how much South Africa values its large African animals, I say yes, it is very possible. Let's hope it doesn't reach that point and that these animals are saved!