Rhino will be moved out of the Kruger National Park (KNP) to alternative safer "strongholds" in undisclosed locations in Southern Africa.
The plan was confirmed by Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, at a press briefing in Pretoria and Cape Town via video link today.
Conservation authorities are not revealing the exact number of rhinos to be translocated, but have stated that, up to 500 animals could be effectively removed, to other parts of the country and neighbouring southern African states.
The plan to scale up translocation is one of several interventions to fight rhino poaching, of which KNP has borne the brunt since it began to escalate around five years ago.
Molewa said that she encourages comments and suggestions about the translocation plan or any other aspect of rhino conservation from the public.
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Olivia Rose-Innes is Health24’s EnviroHealth Editor. Read more of her columns and articles or post a question to her expert forum.