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Surge in rhino poaching

South Africa's rhino

South Africa’s rhino populations are under threat from poachers, with KwaZulu-Natal game parks reporting that at least 12 white rhino have been killed since January.

An investigation, the details of which are under wraps, is underway in the Kruger National Park and it is believed by some that as many as 20 rhino may have been killed this year. Four rhino were killed over the last weekend in the Masinda section of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, said Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife (EKZNW) spokesman Jeff Gaisford.

Rangers in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park had initially found only one rhino, but subsequent investigations had revealed a further three carcasses. “The horns of all four animals had been cleanly removed with a sharp instrument indicating that someone with considerable experience had been at work,” said Gaisford.

Post mortems conducted the next day by the EKZNW veterinary surgeon revealed that all four animals had been shot with a heavy calibre rifle some five days previously.

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