CAPE TOWN--The Department of Environmental Affairs has expressed concern over an increase in cases of elephant poaching, mostly in the Kruger National Park, in the northeastern corner of South Africa on the borders with Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Officials from the department voiced their concern when briefing Parliament here Tuesday on efforts to curb rhinoceros poaching and wildlife trafficking.

The department's Chief Director of Enforcement, Frances Craigie, said the poaching of elephants had increased from 24 animals in 2015 to 67 in 2017.

I think what is a concern is that the cases successfully prosecuted, as you can see, is zero. The rangers made three arrests for elephant poaching this year. But there is still a lot of work to do.


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