Protection from Poachers and Livestock
Regular flights around the Reserve are the most
efficient form of patrolling and can be an effective deterrent when
followed up by ground patrols. Systematic, uncontrolled, and illegal
grazing of the Reserve has a detrimental effect on the land, which will
in turn not be able to support the wild animal population.
Similarly, poaching and sport hunting were tolerated in the Reserve
until 1988. It is clear from the decline in rhino and elephant numbers
that the area was a victim of the major depredations of the previous
15 years. Although the commercial meat poaching remains a real danger,
it is something that can be contained with determined law enforcement.
Additional airstrips, ranger outposts and roads have been built in
order to protect the Mkomazi Game Reserve from poachers, illegal sport
hunting, and livestock encroachment. In order to boost morale, ranger
salaries have been supplemented with monies from the Trust, and new
uniforms and equipment have been donated.
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