Rhino death toll at KZN reserve hits 8

2015-09-29 16:36
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Durban - More details have emerged about the poaching of what is now confirmed to be eight rhino at a private reserve in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend and on Monday.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve spokesperson Musa Mntambo confirmed that an additional two rhino were killed over the weekend.

The eight rhino were killed in three separate incidents that occurred in different areas of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

"In one incident, two rhino were shot and de-horned while in another, five rhino were darted on. It is one of these that survived," Mntambo told News24 on Tuesday.

The third incident occurred in the far north-west of the park, where two of the animals were shot.

The authorities were confident that the surviving rhino would make a full recovery and it had been taken to a secure boma in the park.

Mntambo said this brought the tally of rhino poached in KwaZulu-Natal this year to 86. He added that a total of 22 firearms had been recovered from other poaching incidents.

Rhino poaching has escalated this year with over 1 500 killed to date.

Mntambo said earlier that in June this year, the bulk of rhino were poached in KwaZulu-Natal, with 13 killed in a single month.

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