The number of poached rhinos in South Africa decreased by 13 animals to 529 between January to June compared with the same period last year.
Environment minister ,Edna Molewa told a media briefing “As we have always stated, these declining numbers do not mean we can proclaim victory.
“Nevertheless, the downward trend is being established, which is cause for cautious optimism.”
South Africa has more than 80 percent of the world’s rhinos, with about 18,000 white rhinos and close to 2,000 black rhinos.
It has countered poaching by increased activity by park rangers and tougher jail sentences.