South Korean and Vietnamese orphanages are set to open their doors for the first time this year to help rhinos and other animals at risk of being trafficked, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Sunday.
The Yonhap report cited the South Korean government as saying it will set up a “high-level committee” to oversee the facilities.
It did not elaborate.
South Korea is a key transit point for poachers and is home to one of the world’s largest rhino populations, but the country has been struggling to curb the problem.
South Korean authorities have arrested several people over the past few months in connection with rhino poaching and smuggling operations, but it remains unclear whether they are involved in rhino trafficking.