Two more dead rhinos bring KZN poaching toll to 39

2012-09-25 00:00

THE carcasses of two decomposed and dehorned rhinos were found in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

This brings the tally to four rhinos found dead since Wednesday last week and takes the provincial count to 39 for the year.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Musa Mntambo said the provincial conservation authority was “saddened” by the further loss of the endangered species.

“On Sunday one rhino was found dead in the Hluhluwe part of the Imfolozi-Hluhluwe Game Reserve and was probably poached three weeks ago,” said Mntambo.

“We found another near the eastern shores [Nibela] in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, which was about six weeks decomposed.”

He said that last week on Friday a rhino was found shot in the Ndumo Game Reserve — situated along province’s far northern border with Mozambique near the Tembe Elephant Park — and that a skull of the dehorned rhino was found in the Imfolozi-Hluhluwe Game Reserve in the same period.

Website said that by September 21, 388 rhinos had been killed this year, just 60 short of the 488 killed in the whole of 2011.

The organisation has raised nearly R1 million to help combat rhino poaching in South Africa.

iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis said that while he was still waiting for a field report on the rhino killed in the park, he would be visiting the site today.

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