The destructive impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on society keep dominating the news headlines. Some positive messages are starting to reach us as well. Stories for example on how wildlife is roaming the outskirts of some big cities, where streets are now empty.
But not all wildlife is benefiting from us being locked-down. In fact, those species that depended on us being present in numbers for their protection, such as the black rhino but also big cat species such as lions and cheetah, have now become even more prone to poaching. With tourism coming to a complete standstill, it is now up to those few park managers and rangers that are still (allowed) on the job to stop intruders from entering the reserves. An almost impossible job.