If you hope to see a rhino in the wild, you can now cross off Mozambique's Limpopo National Park. Poachers have just killed the very last rhino in that national park. Just ten years ago when Limpopo was formed, there were 300 rhino. Now there is not even one left. Unless drastic action is taken soon, it will be soon the reality in most national parks in Africa.
The Mozambique park ispart of the famous 'Peace Park' that also straddles South Africa and Zimbabwe. The South African portion, Kruger National Park, has seen 180 rhino poached since January 1 of this year. Already there has been 250 rhino killed in all of South Africa.
The IFAW will later this year partner with Interpol in providing training for customs and wildlife law enforcement officers in Mozambique.
This forms part of a worldwide capacity building initiative.
IFAW has since 2006 trained more than 1 600 government representatives at the forefront of the struggle against wildlife crime in several countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania and the Caribbean.
The IFAW director for Southern Africa, Jason Bell, said: "“Cross border co-operation and intelligence-led enforcement are the only way we can halt poaching and trafficking.
"It is too big a problem for any one country to tackle.
"We need range states, transit countries and destination countries to share their law enforcement resources, including intelligence, or we’ll never be in a position to shut down the kingpins of the international ivory trade.
"Poaching and the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn is an issue of global significance and needs a global response if we are to turn the tables on the killers.
"This cannot happen in a vacuum.
"Consumer nations – China, Vietnam and Indonesia – have to make a concerted effort to reduce the demand for these products in their own backyards because otherwise the battle will be lost."