8 rhino carcasses found in Kruger Park

2012-01-11 12:13

Mbombela - Eight rhino carcasses have been found in the Kruger National Park, SA National Parks said on Wednesday.

"Yesterday [Tuesday] on patrol, eight rhino carcasses were found. Three carcasses were found in Lower Sabie and five in the Pretoriuskop section of the park," said spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli.

He said all the carcasses were of adults which had been shot and dehorned.

"They [officials] are busy with investigations now although there are a few leads they are working on as we speak," said Thakhuli.

Last year, about 443 rhino were killed for their horns, with 333 killed in 2010.

  • joelstew - 2012-01-11 12:23

    Its so upsetting to see that people are killing an endangered animal like this.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-11 12:59

      What's even more upsetting is the fact that this stupid clown government is not willing to do anything about it!!!!

      Trevor - 2012-01-11 13:42

      @typeRSA and offend the chinese colonisers , yeah right

  • hetty.oliver - 2012-01-11 12:27

    this is so awful. Have just come back from 16 wonderful days in the Kruger. rhino sightings are not recorded by the public on the sightings board any more and you don't see them as often or around every corner SO I am convinced that it must also be an inside job somewhere along the line.

      Trevor - 2012-01-11 13:43

      they are advising people not to record the sightings on the sightings board doesent seem toi be helping though

      mastermindpete - 2012-01-11 14:19

      if they WERE recorded on the sightings board, the anti-poaching efforts would know where to patrol - now that is how stupid the leedahs in these positions are - DUH to the useless ANC-pf cadre poepalls ... report the rhino, know where to find them, if the patrols know where to find them, easier to protect them - unless ... easy to buy anything in charge in Africa for a buck or 2.

      jeremy002 - 2012-01-11 15:39

      I agree. Looks pretty much like an inside job. Has to be.

      Alva - 2012-01-11 19:33

      @Hetty. I am also convinced it is an inside job! How do the poachers know how to find all the rhino? Even small private reserves are being targeted. SANparks just not doing enough!

  • Saladleave - 2012-01-11 12:30

    If only 7de laan would get to the bottom of this...

      djsmuts - 2012-01-11 13:25


      Anso - 2012-01-11 13:30

      hahhahaha :)

      Henk - 2012-01-11 13:50

      To me who don't watch 7de Traan, this comment has no meaning. Maye I should start? But then again, if you miss 10 episodes and switch back you won't even notice;-)

      mastermindpete - 2012-01-11 14:20

      I am sure this idjotti meant to say 3rd degree !!!! - kwaa kwaaaa kwaaaa

  • vincent.surics - 2012-01-11 12:33

    As sad is it is for me to say this but my prediction is that by 2020 Rhinos will be extinct. We have become so used to hearing this that is just another day in our lives. When brutal greed and cave man culture is met with apathy and indifference the writing is on the wall.

  • Samantha - 2012-01-11 12:33

    MOVE THE RHINOS OUT OF THE PARKS AND INTO A SANCTUARY!!!!!!!!- PLEASE!!!!!- wonder what cut the gov/ parks are making out of this, - if nothing then why the hell aren't they doing more to stop it

      Shannon - 2012-01-11 12:56

      samantha, have you read the reason behind the rhino hunt that was sold in KZN. Makes one wonder. :( , so horribly sad!

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-11 12:37

    Great counter poaching teams we have. Maybe it was the very teams that are suppose to be guarding them.

      Deon - 2012-01-11 14:07

      The Park is massive, we should send the Army in again.

  • Walter - 2012-01-11 12:38

    I have been advocating special courts with increased jurisdiction to try rhino poachers and their accomplices as quickly as possible. Minimum sentences of at least 15 years for first offenders. Special anti-poaching units. Last year, out of all the alleged people arrested for poaching rhino, a very few percentage have been tried and convicted. The government and it's various statutory bodies are just not interested or are plainly incapable. I wonder whether the army is becoming involved now???

      margaret.mead1 - 2012-01-12 11:08

      Sounds like a flippin' good idea. There is little time if the rhino is to be saved from extinction. And the punishment must be SEVERE.

  • tania.swanepoel - 2012-01-11 12:39

    How the Hell does that happen!! 8!!! 8 rhinos. They obviously took their time with no worries about any form of protection. It makes me sick!! When is this going to stop?

      Shaun - 2012-01-11 12:43

      When the last Rhino has been hunted and shot...thats when this will stop unfortunately.

      Sean - 2012-01-11 14:15

      When the last rhino is poached our dogs would possibly be the next target, so please start looking after your best friends as some nations love eating them with no guilt whatsoever! It's a shame that our government is not capable of treating this as top priority even if it takes the complete armed forces to train in the parks and at the same time take out these poachers once and for all and send a serious message to the rest of the world that we will not tolerate anyone to set for in our country and take what they want for their own pathetic aphrodisiac gain. Haven't they realised yet that rhino horn makes absolutely no difference to their sexual shortcomings! There is legal medication available that does the trick! I challenge the government to show us South Africans what they have to tackle this very serious problem!!!

  • Michael Fowler - 2012-01-11 12:39

    We will need to replace the rhino on our ten Rand note soon!! This is an absolute disgrace!!

  • Nigel - 2012-01-11 12:42

    Go the Chinese - little rotten scum bags! Your penises will never gro now matter how much Rhino Horn you ingest W*nkers!

  • Sharon - 2012-01-11 12:46

    Were are the security in the Kruger National Park.It is hard to believe that no one saw anything as there are night game tours.Maybe the the game rangers themselves are involved.

      Sean - 2012-01-11 14:18

      In house involvement has been discovered before as far as I can remember. Perhaps traps could be set to see whether there could be any truth in this! Like I said I smell a rat!

  • jimmy.horne - 2012-01-11 12:46

    time to polygraph all staff in this area of the park.

  • Stephen - 2012-01-11 12:47

    This must be a inside job and everyone knows that. How do these poachers know as to where the Rhino are in this big park. They must catch these bastards and let them pay the price. (Give these poachers the death penalty.)

  • Shannon - 2012-01-11 12:54

    So it looks like we aiming to break last years record then. ONE POACHER - ONE BULLET!! Enough is enough!!

      venterh - 2012-01-11 19:24

      With each poacher killed, 10 are waiting to take his place... To much money involved.

  • Mashudu - 2012-01-11 12:55

    But when will this Stop? This is disturbing.

  • Bernard - 2012-01-11 12:58

    I suppose the powers that be will do nothing to protect the Rhino until suddenly they have none left, so much for Wildlife Conservation, it is more like, we just work here for money, not to protect the animals, Wake up SANPARKS, tourists come to view live game, not carcasses.

  • Marcelle - 2012-01-11 13:00

    Please can the government change the R10 note considering that they do nothing about poachers, and that there will not be any Rhino`s left, so we can give up the South African claim to the big 5. In Mozambique they are killing all the elephants for the tusks, 22 in 3 months in one area of the park alone! We really are a lost people!!!

  • Leonard - 2012-01-11 13:00

    These bastards must be arrested and brought to justice! Food for thought - Could certain elements within the SAPS, SANDF and or SANParks be involved in this slaughter? How are 8 animals poached and the poachers simply disappear without a trace? To kill eight Rhino within a week must have taken ruthless, organised, highly trained, well equipped and well-paid mercenaries to achieve this level of carnage. I am afraid I see little hope for our Rhino - the levels of corruption and the greed for money in this country, far exceeds the determined will of anti-poaching groups and conservationists in general. The Government and politicians, who pussyfoot around the hot-button issues of poaching, are a major obstacle to. Unless harsher penalties are considered and by harsh I mean 20 year plus sentences for Rhino poaching, our Rhino will be as good as the Dodo within the not too distant future. What is the CEO, of SANparks doing about this ongoing slaughter? Obviously all the money being channelled into the anti-poaching efforts counts for naught – his strategies are not working! He must be held accountable for this despicable situation. If he cannot do the job, then somebody with the guts, will and determination must replace him, before it’s too late for the few remaining Rhino.

      Lynette - 2012-01-11 21:16

      20 years for Rhino poaching - never! I would like the poachers caught, strung to a tree and left in the bush with no food and water and let the hyenas, vultures and other scavengers tear them apart. 20 Years in jail - poachers will love that. Roof over his head, 5-Star treatment, free education and yes the taxpayer will fund it. I am totally convinced that many of the people who have been tasked to save the rhino are involved in the poaching. Vets, who are supposed to protect and help animals are part of the problem - they are involved in poaching so why would lower salaried people not be involved. During my trip to the Kruger Park in December I noted many vehicles with suspect occupants driving at 100 km an hour through the game viewing...just a quick spot and off they go. It's not the poachers we need to get to - it's the population of people that think that taking rhino horn is going to increase their sex drive. These Governments (China, Vietnam OWN our South African government and it will never be stopped) All our Rhino need to be darted and exported to Australia where they have the infrastructure and knowledge to save an almost extinct and beautiful creature. If our citizens can be put to death in the East for drug smuggling, let's return the favor.

      margaret.mead1 - 2012-01-12 11:11

      And the whole thing is based on a LIE!! Rhino horn doesn't have the magic properties at all. It makes me weep. I don't want to go to the bush and know I will never see a rhino. Hiding them away doesn't work anyway. How do you hide a beast this size? There must be a better way to stop this. Get rid of corruption in the anti-poaching force, for a start.

  • margaret.bodenstein - 2012-01-11 13:04

    When do you think they will realise that the Rhino's horn does not help their horn in any way - imbeciles

  • Allan - 2012-01-11 13:06

    How does this happen in busiest part of the park?

      Anso - 2012-01-11 13:32

      Agreed! But probably not the busiest time of the year? This is truely sad, seems like they want to kill more and more of our precious rhinos !!!!

  • Garth - 2012-01-11 13:10

    The 5 poachers killed in the park since Saturday, are not compensation for this.

  • donovanrsa - 2012-01-11 13:13

    Stop this killing of the rhinos now, support the Save the rhino drive by purchasing one of the SAVE THE RHINO CD'S. Call 100-614 1911 to order.

  • Corne.van.Zyl777 - 2012-01-11 13:13

    There is only ONE way to stop this and that is to start killing the poachers! As long as they don't have a target on their back, it will continue. In North Africa, it was legal to shoot poachers. What about a R50,000 reward per head of each poacher. Problem solved in a couple of weeks. I know it sound harsh but honestly how long will this continue... until we have no more Rhinos?

      Samantha - 2012-01-11 13:25

      i like it!!!! where is the lotto when u need it, or some very rich person who doesnt know what to do with their money- here's a great iniative!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-11 13:18

    mobilise the army

      Dave - 2012-01-11 13:47

      Sadly our army is in a pathetic state - just look at the way they walk around around and the way they dress - SLAPGAT!!!!

      Blade - 2012-01-11 13:50

      Arent they on strike?

      Henk - 2012-01-11 13:58

      Remember that movie Leon Schuster made? Oh Shucks here come Untag or something. Compared to today's reality in the defense force, that movie will seem quite serious.

  • ulrike.kloppers - 2012-01-11 13:26

    So sad!

  • Gordon - 2012-01-11 13:30

    Those kind of numbers make it look a lot like an inside job.

  • onegreenparker - 2012-01-11 13:35

    Take a look at this - - - - And let's #GiveItHorns to save the Rhino!

  • Panos Georgalli - 2012-01-11 13:36

    Rhino poachers must be caught and slowly torchered to death,they must suffer and feel the pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tevashnee - 2012-01-11 13:37

    Most disturbing! 8, 8 rhinos killed at one go and know one saw/heard anything?! What’s the point in investigating now, the animals are dead! Disgusting that the government seems intent on not wanting to do anything to protect these creatures.

  • natasha.samuel1 - 2012-01-11 13:43

    On 26 Decemeber, I spotted eight rhino in the Kruger Park, three in the Lower Sabie region. Three weeks later they are poached.

  • Dave - 2012-01-11 13:45

    When one sees the pathetic state of our Army and especially the slapgats which wear the SANDF uniforms it is to be expected that these poor animals will be killed on a daily basis. These so called "protectors" are a waste of time and an insult to the rhinos in having them supposed to be protecting them. It is high time that those in power wake up and realise that everytime we lose a rhino or an elephant or any animal in fact - the long term - and not too long at his rate - there will be nothing left for tourists to see - and hey BINGO - no tourism!! Besides kicking out the SANDF and going on patrol ourselves what is there that must be done to stop this sad scenatio?

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-11 13:45

    very simple, no one cares, the presindent, his ministers, when did you hear from them adding this canage on thier speeches, everyday save electricity, HIV, Child abuse ect, Life sentence must be imposed.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-01-11 13:49

    I think it is high time that we treat poachers and the buyers of the horns as drug mules with the same sentences as the Asian countries hand out.

  • Anel - 2012-01-11 13:52

    Very very sad :-(

  • Sean - 2012-01-11 14:01

    See what I mean, why request tenders for our near-extinct animals when the government allows poachers to do it for free! Put your money where your mouth is and start clamping down with the latest technology available instead of allowing the poachers to outdo us with technology at their disposal to get away with murder! I smell a rat.

  • Ian - 2012-01-11 14:01

    how do people thumb down the responses of outrage against this heinous acts?

      Theresa - 2012-01-11 14:13

      They are trolls.Quite a few of them around today.

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-11 14:18

    Why can't our people breed rhinos like we breed cattle and sheep? This gasture will go a long way in ensuring the survival of this endangered animal and will put to an end to poaching! But then again the foreign spies desguised as animal rights group will never support the idea because themselves they are benefiting from this illegal trade!

      Chris - 2012-01-11 17:36

      And you know this how???

  • Sean - 2012-01-11 14:26

    Will land mines placed between a double fence along the boarder fence help? I know that the world is against the use of land mines or anti personnel mines, but we are in a desperate situation here and something drastic has to be done here and if this is the only way to go then so be it! A serious message must be sent to all involved with taking South Africa's property!

      Chris - 2012-01-11 17:38

      Ag Sean there was so much outrage against the poisoning idea i guess the will be even more against landmines as the mines will maim locals.

  • Michelle - 2012-01-11 14:56

    They should seriously investigate their rangers and security guards!! Smells like an inside job!

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-11 15:14

    I actually think Albert has a point. Whilst I am no expert on the matter, I am most certain that some sort of GPS device can be fitted into these animals (so they can not be removed)Authorities could be advised of any unusual bahavioural patterns. Perhaps worth a try rather than just friggin talking about it.

  • PaasHaas - 2012-01-11 15:35

    Chinese deputy president in the Kruger this past weekend - coincidence? -wonder how many horns went out on his jet

  • Vida - 2012-01-11 16:14

    Declare FULL SCALE WAR on this senseless slaughtering!! Where are the so-called protectors of these animals? Are they involved in this insanity? Maybe all Rhinos need to be taken to ONE location where they can be properly monitored and protected

  • Jayne - 2012-01-11 16:18

    Why don't we just dehorn these animals (humanely) of course, at birth! Then there will be no demand and rhino's will live on!

  • Jimmy - 2012-01-11 16:30

    Yes, and so they will continue uninterrupted until there’s not a single one of these beautiful animals left to be killed… bsterds

  • Victor - 2012-01-11 16:31

    Well done China you are almost at the point of wiping out the entire Rhino population on earth !!

  • kayceechick - 2012-01-11 16:38

    This is just unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Freddie - 2012-01-11 18:02

    Where do I sign-up for poacher hunting?? I will wound them and pull out their teeth and nails then leave them for the lions and hyena's. They need to crack the syndicates asap otherwise the slaughter of our national heritage will continue.

  • Alva - 2012-01-11 19:09

    OMG! SANparks all talk no action! Inside job? I am starting to wonder?

  • pauloxton - 2012-01-11 19:20

    Pathetic!!! 3 in Lower Sabie and five in the Pretoriuskop section of the park, the most populated areas for tourists,, someone needs to seriously get their fingers out of their ass!!!

  • Lynette - 2012-01-11 21:29

    Maybe a politician in Africa should stand up and say that Vietnamese and Chinese heads are good for AIDS and then we can all run over there and do some mutilation of our own. Perhaps it is time for this earth of ours to be hit by a meteor! I only hope that when the creator starts again, he leaves 'humans' off this planet - we destroy everything!