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Kruger Park won't reveal rhino info

2011-12-07 08:25

Johannesburg - The Kruger National Park (KNP) has decided it will no longer reveal information on its rhino movements in a bid to curb poaching, according to a report on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Laura Mukwevho told Beeld newspaper that all camp managers had been ordered to remove information on maps and notice boards about rhino movements.

In the past the park had kept visitors up to date on where rhino had last been spotted. But Mukwevho said another six rhino carcasses were found last week in the southern part of the park.

A total of 229 rhino had been poached in the park this year.

SA National Parks on Tuesday said a total of 405 rhino had been poached this year, an increase of 21.6% from last year.

Comments
  • Sattva - 2011-12-07 08:32

    good idea !

      Ann - 2011-12-07 12:37

      They should be forced to share the information. The public has a right to know so it can continue fighting for all the poaching which is going on in our country. I have just looked on the People against Poaching Facebook page and seen a tragic picture of a little elephant who has had half its' face hacked off by some moron. HANG ALL THESE PEOPLE - DO NOT WASTE TAX PAYERS MONEY ON KEEPING THEM IN JAILS!!!!

  • Gareth-P - 2011-12-07 08:43

    Pay some Mercs to stay in the park and shoot on sight....

      Ian - 2011-12-07 08:57

      Ive said it before, seal the borders sadf site, not eeeeeeeeeh cooooomeeeeeee you helped us coooomeeeee, BS MAN

      Ian - 2011-12-07 08:58

      SITE = STYLE

      Wes - 2011-12-07 09:26

      Ian we were in the park mid November and what struck me is how fast the sadf vehicles drive and how sullen the soljas are they certainly did not look happy or proud.

      Ian - 2011-12-07 09:44

      @Wes you mean the sandf vehicles, probally hasent seen a vehicle reserve park for a service since 94

      jasonkilian - 2011-12-07 10:51

      ag gareth.... weet jy waarvan jy praat?

  • AndyCap - 2011-12-07 08:43

    Just got back from the Kruger yesterday and saw a lot of rhino in the park, including a black rhino. Can't believe that these animals are being slaughtered like this. Have no mercy on the idiots who kill them!

  • Sandra - 2011-12-07 08:50

    finally something is being done

  • Shannon - 2011-12-07 08:56

    A bit late but a "brain fart" none the less!!

  • Ian - 2011-12-07 08:56

    time to start searching vehicles before they enter the park, if they being murdered in the park then certain people are not there to visit

      Sattva - 2011-12-07 12:17

      usually, the poachers do not enter by vehicles, but rather on foot - they cut themselves through fences, etc to obtain access to the areas.

  • jackitribe - 2011-12-07 09:12

    What are they try to cover up??? Let people know what is going on - information is power.

  • wendy.warwick3 - 2011-12-07 09:19

    Current stats stand at 456, this should have been done along time ago. Conviction rate currently standing on3.5% - something does not make sense. Rhino = tourist = money = job opportunity = better standard of living.

  • Garth - 2011-12-07 09:21

    Hey Mokwevho: "It is not the tourists, nor the information that they relay on the sightings boards that are killing the rhinos, you hypocritical mouthpiece. It is the sanparks board, some rangers, some veterinarians, some local p-hunters (and no, the p is not for professional), some chinese and arab investors and mostly, all of the inept, corrupt, criminal anc that you work for."

      leoa.martins - 2011-12-07 09:31

      Garth, the problem now is that the poaching syndicate is using new methods, like night scanners, they actually book into the lodges as if they were tourists, satellite phones are being used so they cannot be traced, etc etc etc....its getting scarier by the day as they will stop at nothing for as long as this country's govt sits on their laurels. Here's hoping that there might be just ONE anc human who will have a conscience and actually set something in motion, but I won't hold my breath on that one.

      Ian - 2011-12-07 09:46

      YES 100% GIVE THIS MAN A QUADTRUPLE BELLS

  • leoa.martins - 2011-12-07 09:26

    About bloody time!!!! They shouldn't map out any of the animals. Tourists must see what they see and if they don't see, then tough sh*t.....that's nature! Now the government (those who dont have their finger in the rhino horn pie) need to take a stance and do something constructive like closing the borders. Put the country's army to good use! Deploy them and make them work for their money which the taxpayers pay for!

      Garth - 2011-12-07 10:34

      You miss the point on my previous post that you answered, sorry. From my experience in visiting KNP, often, the information offered up by the average tourist on the hit-and-miss sightings boards is of no use in any `professional' form. This useless exercise by sanparks is a smokescreen, pure and simple and smacks of anc bullsh1t. If, however, the rhino killers are using the boards as communication posts for their own information, then all well and good, but then state it as such, sanparks! The informed public respects the truth. Only the ignorant swallow whatever the ruling party posts.

      fishycraig - 2011-12-08 10:11

      @ Garth. I own a safari business up here and go into the Kruger everyday. If I see that there was a sighting of rhino I can invariably go there an hour or two later and the same rhino will be sleeping under the same tree at the same spot. So yes, the sightings board could easily be used. And recently rhinos have been shot obviously from cars. It takes a few minutes to shot a rhino and go dehorn it. Perhaps it will reduce the amount killed by a percent or two but better than nothing. It is so difficult cause the poachers keep up with the times and evolve - no longer is it a Mozambican with a rusty AK-47 - now it is going hi-tech with dart guns, spotters, silencers on their rifles, etc. But yeah, unfortunately lots of corruption as well.

  • Narike - 2011-12-07 09:32

    Well, it's a start - and perhaps long overdue. How we getting on with the plan to fit tracking devices?

  • Alva - 2011-12-07 10:36

    SANPARKS not doing their job!

  • jasonkilian - 2011-12-07 10:49

    1992, I was in the Kruger and we had a 100% success rate with anti-poaching for 6 months... why cant it still be done? I'll happily go back and do two week "camps"...

      Sattva - 2011-12-07 12:20

      i agree with you - it is definitely doable !

      wendy.warwick3 - 2011-12-07 13:25

      Jason please contact louise@sanwild.org, she could really do with your help.

  • Michelle - 2011-12-07 13:17

    No demand...No supply...No poaching.... I say get the bastards paying for the horns outside the borders and chop off their penisses...hence no more Wino Hon needed!

  • Ma - 2011-12-07 14:36

    I really cannot believe people would kill these animals for their Horns. Really there is no medicinal value to them whatsoever. STOP POACHING THEM. IT'S PATHETIC AND IN THE END YOU AS A PERSON WILL END UP DEAD BECAUSE I'LL KILL YOU!!!

  • RobertaKeeling - 2012-01-12 13:08

    1) A totl of 229 Rhino had been poached in the park this year, and 2) SA Natonal Parks said a total of 405 rhino had been poached this year, an increase of 21.6% from last year. Now if S.A. Parks can't ven give us an accurate figure, do hey really know what's happening?

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