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Title: The Bush War to Save the Rhino: Improving Counter-poaching Through Intelligence
Authors: Gustafson, K
Sandstrom, T
Townsend, L
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Small Wars and Insurgencies, 2018, 29 (2), pp. 269 - 290
Abstract: The rhino is going extinct due to poaching at a rate which far outstrips current law enforcement or conservation efforts to halt their decline. A critical aspect of counter-poaching failures to date is an inaccurate view of the nature of poaching as a crime. Rather than demand-side efforts, attacking elusive smuggling networks, or expensive technical solutions like drones, this article notes how a quasi-military tactical approach of ‘combat tracking’ offers the best way to protect the species. Based on wide ranging interviews and fieldwork across dozens of parks in southern Africa, it demonstrates how the current restricted range of the rhino, and the rarity of skilled poachers, makes a tactical solution the most effective to date.
ISSN: 0959-2318
Appears in Collections:Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Embargoed Research Papers

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