South Africa is facing a conservation crisis. National parks and private game reserves are a key part of the country’s tourism industry, which accounts for 7% of its GDP and employs over 1.5 million people. As countries around the world implemented covid lockdowns and travel restrictions, this vital source of revenue was cut off, threatening conservation efforts, including the ability to combat the global illegal poaching industry.
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01:00 – Conservation funding
02:32 – The illegal poaching industry
04:10 – Decrease in rhino poaching
06:00 – A different kind of poaching
06:58 – Anti-poaching units
09:15 – The future of conservation in Africa