They were hunting for rhinos – The poachers were apparently looking for rhinos and not for elephants. The poachers, who are thought to be part of an international trafficking organization, also open fire on rhinos to cut off the horn, much in demand in Asia for its use in traditional medicine or as a supposed aphrodisiac.
South Africa, which is home to about 80% of the world’s rhino population, is considered a poacher’s paradise, with many “businesses” concentrated in Kruger Park, although the phenomenon has been declining in the last six years. In 2020, the death toll of rhinos reached 394, down a third from the previous year, according to government data. Despite this, Phaahla told AFP that poachers’ raids have not decreased and can reach 40 per day.