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Game farm dehorns 10 rhino

2011-10-26 12:12

Port Elizabeth - A group of concerned nature lovers gathered in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday to save 10 rhino from possible poaching.

“Our rhino are always in danger. Every day that we wait, we create an opportunity for poachers to attack our rhino,” said Johan Lottering, owner of the Lombardini Game Farm near Jeffreys Bay.

“We recently received tips that poachers might be eyeing our reserve. That was why we decided to rather dehorn our rhino than to see them killed.”

The rhino were sedated with a strong sedative, then blindfolded while both their horns were sawn off with a chainsaw.

“The horns will remain our property but will be stored and kept in a safe away from our reserve,” said Lottering.

Ferdi Venter, the manager of the reserve, expressed regret that the rhino’s horns - which grew back at about 12cm per year - had to be removed, but he was also relieved.

“Every time I hear a helicopter close by, I become worried. It is sad that our rhino are dehorned but they are safer now and we can worry less.”
 

Comments
  • Karmah - 2011-10-26 12:49

    As much as I understand why this was done.. i still feel sad. How are the Rhino supposed to defend themselves now from their predators? Do the horns grow back? Sad state of affairs this world has become...

      Ann - 2011-10-26 12:52

      This indeed is a very sad state of affairs. I hope it works and that the poachers don't come to their game farm. Poachers are the pits!

      kenneth.roselt - 2011-10-26 13:55

      During the height of poaching in Zimbabwe a few years ago, their National Parks dehorned all their Rhino, and it worked for them, i hope it works here too. I'd rather see a rhino with no horn, than see one that has been hacked off by poachers.

      Tommy - 2011-10-26 14:51

      Hi Karmah, This was also done in the Mid 80's when the rhino population was at its lowest. luckily for rhino they do not have any other natural predators other than humans. They will be just fine.

      janine.cronje - 2011-10-27 13:33

      I'm all for it, I'd rather see a hornless rhino than a dead one. They do grow back but as the article said, about 12cm a year. I think it should be done country-wide as they would only usually defend themselves against other rhino's (which also wouldn't have horns) - and as Tommy said - humans. The white rhino uses it's horn for forraging aswell but it's not a necessity.

      Wendy - 2011-10-27 14:16

      Hi Karmah. Yes, the horn does grow back...albeit slowly. The sheer bulk and strength of a rhino provides it with some protection against it's predators and it would be unlikely that they would fall prey to anything, especially in the private game farms like the one mentioned in the article. There has been such an alarming upsurge in poaching in this year alone, that if rhinos are not dehorned...they are almost certainly destined to die at the hands of a poacher. Considering that the horn does grow back, dehorning is the lesser of two evils.

  • Wanderingmind109 - 2011-10-26 17:07

    "Ferdi Venter, the manager of the reserve, expressed regret that the rhino’s horns - which grew back at about 12cm per year - had to be removed, but he was also relieved." says right in the story.

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-26 17:42

    Rhino poaching is a small part of organised crime (drugs, prostitutes, perlemoen, car hijackings, cash in transit vans, etc)..... the government is in on it...they need to be investiagted.....all oter black african countries governements also have a history of asssiting poaching.....and our current (ANC )'leaders' are not exactly law abiding..

  • Leslie - 2011-10-26 18:16

    Our local game park, Kragga Kamma Game Park recenetly dehorned their 2 adults. I cried when I saw the pictures. but on Saturday I plucked up the nerve to go back, and when I saw the parents and calf lying there, relaxed and happy, it never upset me at all. In fact, I thought it hardly detracted from how beautiful they are.

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2011-10-27 04:18

    Stop rhino hunting permanently. Altogether. Klaar finish. Do not pass begin, do not collect 200. Dehorn them all and stop the hunting.

  • janine.cronje - 2011-10-27 13:49

    In the 'old days' they sent guys up in helicopters with rifles and took care of the problem with zero tollerance, I miss the 'old days'.....

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