Poached: another rhino killed in KZN

2011-03-23 00:00

ANOTHER rhino is reported to have been shot dead, this time in a private game reserve not far from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s Hluhluwe reserve.

According to Zululand Wildlife eForum, gunshots were heard on the property around 7 pm on March 9.

Game reserve managers Tiaan and Natascha Pienaar sent out a patrol, but nothing unusual was found and the electric fence was found to be intact.

Subsequently it was discovered that a 15-year-old male rhino, Butch, born on the reserve, was missing.

The rhino’s carcass was found in long grass by a foot patrol on March 15. An autopsy showed that the rhino was shot twice and both horns were cut off, possibly while the animal was alive.

It is one of 71 rhinos poached in South Africa this year. The organised crime unit is investigating. — WR.






















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