Poachers kill four rhino in Zimbabwe

2013-01-04 22:07
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Harare - Poachers killed four white rhino in a raid on a privately-run game reserve in north-eastern Zimbabwe on New Year's Day, the parks department said on Friday.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo said the animals' horns had been sawed off the carcasses, but were yet to be moved when rangers discovered the killings at the Thetford Estate in the farming town of Mazowe.

The raid raises fears that a rhino poaching epidemic in South Africa may be spreading to neighbouring countries.

"The animals comprised two adult males, one adult female and one sub-adult male and are valued at $480 000," Washaya-Moyo said in a statement.

"A total of eight rhino horns were recovered... as well as 18 spent cartridges fired from a suspected 308 hunting rifle or an FN automatic rifle."

She said Zimbabwe, with an estimated population of around 700 rhino, lost 19 to poachers last year, a slight drop from 23 the previous year.

Poaching is rife in Zimbabwe's game reserves, fuelled by cross-border syndicates from Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa.

Perpetrators are armed with advanced technology and aircraft, often outstripping wardens' resources.

The rhino is targeted for its horn which is believed to be an aphrodisiac, anti-carcinogenic and an amulet in some Asian countries.

There is no scientific evidence to support those claims.

South Africa last year lost a record 633 rhino to poaching.

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