Thieves steal 66 rhino horns: Report

By Drum Digital
06 April 2013

Sixty-six rhino horns were stolen from a Roedtan farmer in Limpopo, who had de-horned his rhino in an attempt to protect them against poachers, Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday.

"The guys knew what they were doing. It was perfectly planned," owner of the Leshoka Thabang game farm Johan van Zyl told the newspaper.

Thieves stole the horns, two hunting rifles and four laptops when they broke into the office of a bordering farm on Thursday.

Van Zyl de-horned the rhino three weeks ago after receiving permission from the Limpopo environmental affairs department.

Limpopo police spokeswoman Colonel Ronel Otto said departmental nature conservationists were supposed to put microchips in the horns in accordance with the law before locking them up in a place of safety.

Van Zyl said since the beginning of the year four rhino had been shot on his farm.

-by Sapa

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