3 more rhino carcasses found

2012-01-12 15:14

Johannesburg - Three more rhino carcasses were found in the Kruger National Park on Thursday, following the discovery of eight earlier this week, said SA National Parks (SANParks).

Two suspected poachers were arrested, said spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli.

He said earlier that game rangers killed two suspected Mozambican poachers in a shoot-out during an anti-poaching operation in the park on Wednesday night.

They seized a rifle and other hunting equipment.

The operation was conducted after the discovery of the dehorned carcasses of eight rhinos on Tuesday.

The additional rhino carcasses were found after an aerial search on Thursday morning.

SANParks has asked members of the public to provide it and the police with information which could lead to the arrests of poachers.

Last year, about 443 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa, with 333 killed in 2010.

  • Donovan - 2012-01-12 15:27

    The penalty for the poachers when they get caught must be the same as what they did the Rhino!

      Tony - 2012-01-12 16:03

      I agree... cut their "Horn" off!

  • Lionel - 2012-01-12 15:28

    This is so sad:(:(:

  • JakesLR - 2012-01-12 15:31

    Please Please please if the world is reading this, this has to stop!! Harsher penalties should be implemented and this should be stopped at the heart of the problem! We as humans can not allow this. Animals have to share this planet with us and we should enjoy there beauty, they should not be killed and tortured in this way. If we allow this to carry on, we as humans also do not deserve our place on this beautiful planet. On the other hand, these barabric thugs that kill these animals in the name of greed can not be called human. Please it has to stop, it saddens and angers me each time a Rhino is killed.

      Stuart - 2012-01-12 15:34

      feel the same way.

      Shining - 2012-01-13 08:59

      Dudes, there's another way. Harsher penalties are simply not a deterrant. What is harsher than death? The Asians are never going to change their beliefs in time to save the rhino, not at this rate. But the irony in this is that rhinos do not have to die to provide their product! Rhino horn regrows every few years and it can be removed with no harm to the animal. None of us want to see dehorned rhinos running around but it surely beats a mutilated, hacked, dead rhino, yes? The government and private rhino farmers are currently sitting on stockpiles of horn because they're not allowed to sell it, yet our rhino die every day. Wtf? If trade was legalised and controlled by a responsible convention, income generated would go a long way towards saving the species and nobody would ever want to kill a rhino again.

  • Bianca - 2012-01-12 15:34

    I battle to understand how these Asian consumers of Rhino horn can sleep soundly at night

      Alva - 2012-01-12 18:26

      The Chinese don't care! They almost obliterated the panda so what do a few hundred rhino matter?

      Donna - 2012-01-13 07:33

      I agree with velastardust. The Chinese don't care. They are in it for money and money is their most important goal.

  • Michelle - 2012-01-12 15:40

    Poach the poachers!! They are invasive pests and a serious threat to our wildlife. They should be treated as such!! Shoot to kill!!

      Dennis - 2012-01-12 15:51

      D Cannot beleive this government is doing nothing to prevent this killing/poaching. If they want to stop it they can but, do they ???????? Is this an important issue for the government . Don't think so . Wonder why ???

      Mike - 2012-01-12 16:09

      That is what they are doing. If you noticed two of the poachers were killed in a supposed "shoot out".

      Theresa - 2012-01-12 16:37

      @Mike..Rhino- 11 Poachers- 2.They seriously have to make up the numbers on poachers killed.

      Albert - 2012-01-12 17:28

      For this retard government this is another source of job creation.They must find jobs soon before election otherwise they loose.

  • Sithando - 2012-01-12 15:46

    Are those two guys holding kutser, POLICE officers? if the answer is yes then we have the valid reason why crime is out of control in our country.

  • Nitro - 2012-01-12 15:47

    Maybe another tsunami must rip through asia

  • Carel de Lange - 2012-01-12 15:51

    The question is why game rangers, with no policing background, is tasked with policing poaching? where is government in all this you ask? They are hiding, lurking behind political expediency in order to ensure good trade relations with the antagonist-China!! Was it not Carte Blanche who revealed how Chinese or Vietnamese diplomats are involved behind the syndicates?

      Nitro - 2012-01-12 16:12

      the goverment is hiding because they get a cut of all the rhino horn that are exported to asia.

  • Natasha - 2012-01-12 16:01

    Bring back the death penalty.....( might be the only way to save the rhinos), I mean people get the death penalty for smuggling drugs overseas...!!! ( just a thought)

  • Deon - 2012-01-12 16:03

    Send the Army into the park they need training.

      petra.nicol - 2012-01-12 16:46

      Sadly, this would probably increase animal deaths as they practice their "live target shooting" at random.......

  • nasheenar - 2012-01-12 16:08

    They can pass dumb laws regarding weather warnings but we cant protect the Rhino.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-01-12 16:11

    This is getting pathetic now and yet our government is just dragging its lazy fat ass to do anything about it. By the time they do do something we gonna have no rhino's left. Just send the army in now please and shoot these dam poachers. They deserve the harshest treatment. If this was happening in a first world country they would be hunting these poachers down.

  • deejay.eddie1 - 2012-01-12 16:18

    i agree wth DEON...send out some of the army guys to assist in catchin or better yet..killing the basterds or cut off their private parts and lets see if they will the end they'll only go to jail and live from the tax payers money...yes our stupid government!!!!

  • abroekhu - 2012-01-12 16:19

    Why is San Parks not taking emergency measures insteading of forecasting how much money they can make out of their godforsaken hotel plans!!

      Anne-lize - 2012-01-12 16:40

      I agree, what is a hotel in Skukuza going to help anyone if there is only the big 4. Someone high-up is getting a cut of the horn business, catch a wake-up all!! Next time when I am going to the KNP I am taking my father's gun with me and will shoot the @##$$ poachers myself!

  • Jacobus - 2012-01-12 16:33

    Kruger Park Top officials is successfully diverting attention away from their responsibilities by highlighting the barbaric slaughtering of Rhinos in the Park. This become such an emotional issue that most readers forget about the key reason to the existence of KNP senior management - the conservation of, amongst others, the Rhino. KNP top brass fail to deliver. They draw everyone into their own internal businesses processes which look to be the cause of failure. It was long ago required by KNP top management to install successful mechanisms to prevent the slaughtering. Fire them first!

  • Jacobus - 2012-01-12 16:34

    Kruger Park Top officials is successfully diverting attention away from their responsibilities by highlighting the barbaric slaughtering of Rhinos in the Park. This become such an emotional issue that most readers forget about the key reason to the existence of KNP senior management - the conservation of, amongst others, the Rhino. KNP top brass fail to deliver. They draw everyone into their own internal businesses processes which look to be the cause of failure. It was long ago required by KNP top management to install successful mechanisms to prevent the slaughtering. Fire them first!

  • Narike - 2012-01-12 16:34

    So it's a rhino a day now? After the pledges and the outrage and the assurances the count is just going up. Bring in the army, patrol the eastern border, fit the rhinos with tracking devices, colour/poison their horns, DO SOMETHING!!!

  • Sarah Hill - 2012-01-12 16:35

    The anti-poaching units are certainly stepping up their game, but in order to allow for an even bigger clamp down they need to grow their units. There are many young, vigilant, pro-active and enthusiastic young individuals that are wanting to get into this field but have no way of acquiring the necessary training. If a training program could be implemented for these youngsters and the size of the anti-poaching team grew, they would be able to take on these poaching syndicates with a vengeance.

      Craig - 2012-01-12 17:15

      I live very close to Kruger and I would really love to help in a hands-on way. Patrols, stake-outs, etc etc ???? BUT, I have no idea about who to contact and how to go about it. Does anybody know? I won't allow myself to just sit and be a spectator while we lose another ancient and beautiful species due to human greed.

      isiphukuphuku - 2012-01-12 19:30

      Rhinos are being driven to extinction, and there is high unemployment in the country at the same time. Make the connection. Raise admission prices to parks.

  • russell.w.hawkins - 2012-01-12 16:36

    One has to provide really strict and enforceable disincentives to eliminate ivory poaching. Continuous education at all levels of society is must. Being caught doing such a crime should bear the same consequences as being caught with illegal drugs overseas. Every rhino killed is an assault on our global natural heritage. Kruger National Park is owned and appreciated by us all...even people who will never visit it. I really hope that SANPARKS and KNP step up to the plate big time and show some real mettle in defense and conservation of its unique and precious fauna and flora. After reading about the death of nine (9) rhinos in KNP, it makes me worry that the park is under siege. Army patrols are there but that might not be enough. Each of us has the right and responsibility to do whatever we can to help protect the KNP and its threatened species (rhinos). These perpetraitors must not operate with impunity. Their actions must be stopped by any means necessary.

  • mirya27 - 2012-01-12 16:51

    We have manpower in this country - lets put them to work!! Here is an opportunity to put the army to work for a good cause; it would be excellent training for them! We need to win this war for the sake of the tourism industry and for respect and regard for animals in our country. What kind of people are we if not more is done when we know that so much more can be done. It is possible if there is the right leadership to stop this slaughter. If we do not we are all guilty of selling our soul to the Chinese and we are all to blame... and then there will be something else to be lost forever. We all need to act!!

  • allison.thomson - 2012-01-12 16:58

    In the first 11 days of 2012 we have already lost 22 rhino - that is 2 rhino a day. We are declaring WAR on poaching and need every able bodied citizen to join us to fight this poaching war. If you have a voice then you need to make it heard. Join us on to find out more about what you can do to help the Rhino xx

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  • Piet - 2012-01-12 17:45

    Are the National Defence Force who 'protect' the Rhinos involved?

  • Kobus - 2012-01-12 17:49

    @ tsepo .... next is our intelligence on the road. Notice a lot of people who cant drive lately ? :P .... anyway A game farmer invented this type of DYE , which you inject into the rhino horn and it will turn into a dark purplish color, rendering the rhino horn worthless and no reason to kill it then.... MAY I ASK WHY THIS HASNT BEEN INVESTIGATED AND WHY THE GOV IS SITTING ON THEIR FAT ASSES DOING NOTHING ABOUT OUR LOVELY COUNTRY'S RARE WILD LIFE ?

  • Shirley - 2012-01-12 17:59

    Seems like the government will only be happy when they have allowed most wild animalspecies to extinction! They enjoy the tourist income from or wild life but leave it to a few private indiviuals to try and stop the slaughter! I geus there are no kickbacks in the saving of these great beasts? Why else would they just sit back with folded arms???

  • Alva - 2012-01-12 18:24

    MORE!!! FFS! This government is just not doing enough to protect our rhino! No border control, tenders out to hunt rhino, not enough men on the ground to stop the poachers, but hey, as long as the current government can high five it in the treasury, to hell with the rhino anyway! Jacob Zuma will go down in history as the president who sat by and watched the demise of our rhino! So JZ, what are your ministers doing about the rhino situation?

  • isiphukuphuku - 2012-01-12 19:27

    The country of SA has an army, right? Why aren't they encamped in the game parks to protect natural resources? This is worse than daylight armed bank robbery.

  • tolene - 2012-01-12 19:53

    This absolutely saddens me - 11 Days into January and we are on one rhino per day. I am afraid, despite out efforts, our government won't do anything as they get kickbacks. There are a few select charities that are working their behinds off, but I still think we need to create a shocking video in Chinese and post it on their social media networks.. They don't get youtube or facebook, they have their own. Many of them have no idea how their precious rhino horn is getting to them and simply don't care!! If we could find someone to do this kind of video and promotion in Asia - we can start winning this battle - any ideas on how to do this???

  • Troy Constandakis - 2012-01-12 20:25

    I DEMAND that our government throws everything into protecting our rhino. 11 rhinos DEAD in kruger in 11 days. Unacceptable!

  • Garysyd705 - 2012-01-12 20:41 guys please help posting this video through out the entire world, we really need to make a difference. It downloads for free. No charge. Please!!! Let's stop this cruelty. Sorry for the broadcast. But its for good cause. Actually I'm not sorry. Send it!

  • carel.mouton - 2012-01-13 07:28

    I agree. Let us start cuttting of the poacher's horns. I once saw an article where the Rhino's horns were cut shorter leaving them with little horn left. This was done without killing the animal. It actually saves it life because the poachers will not kill it if it doesnt have a horn to sell. Why dont they start doing this again. It will be better to have hornless Rhinos than to have none at all.

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