KZN businessman pays nearly R1m to hunt rhino

2012-01-01 18:03

Johannesburg - A Kwazulu-Natal businessman has paid over R960,000 for the right to hunt a white rhino in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, the news website,, reported on Sunday.

"The animal sold for R960 150. The hunt date has not yet been booked," Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesperson Waheeda Peters told the news service.

The park administrators, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, put out a tender online which invited holders of hunting licenses to bid to kill the rhino.

Simon Bloch, an activist with the Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching said he could not understand the move when rhinos were already in danger.

"We are supposed to be fighting poaching. What kind of message are they sending out if we are shooting rhinos ourselves?”

He said his organisation had asked Ezemvelo to postpone the awarding of the tender as it was trying to raise money to pay for and thus save the rhino.

Ezemvelo CEO Bandile Mkhize said that the funds raised through the hunts were used for conservation.

"The removal of a small number of individually identified rhino males actually enhances overall metapopulation growth rates and furthers genetic conservation," she was reported as saying.

At the beginning of December, 405 rhinos had been killed in the country in 2011, compared to 333 killed in 2010, according to SA National Parks statistics.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, three of the five rhino species globally are critically endangered.

This year, the fund declared that rhinos in Vietnam had become extinct.

Rhino horn is apparently highly sought after in Asia for medicinal purposes.

According to the Save the Rhino website, at the turn of the 19th century, there were approximately one million rhinos.

Today, fewer than 24 500 survive in the wild, with the vast majority of these found in South Africa.

  • trevor06 - 2012-01-01 18:10

    I don't get this at all, why would you want to shoot such an animal? I hate hunting, and find it so cruel and savage that people pay to kill a living thing!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-01-01 18:21

      And you probably LOVE a good piece of rump. Dont be daft man, have a look into the industrial production of meat, and see the true meaning of cruel and savage

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-01 18:26

      Arne got your carrot out of your bum man, hunting is cruel, savage and disgusting. Although industrial production is worse, this is not what the article is about.

      Ian - 2012-01-01 18:27

      @ARNE not guilty as i dont eat meat, never have and never will, same applies to chicken and fish

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-01 18:32

      Ian I am sure someone will tell you that vegetables are people too.

      trevor06 - 2012-01-01 18:41

      @ Arne - True, i do eat meat, and i know its not really justified, but i would never eat an endangered animal.

      Piet - 2012-01-01 19:12

      Trevor, it is the only way to guarantee their existence. It is to hunt them. Might sound daft but go and read the book the Conservationists and killers by Bulphin. That might change your view on hunters.

      Wes - 2012-01-01 19:16

      Hey Ian you are starting to look like a little dog its advisable to start eating meat fish and chicken

      Boer - 2012-01-01 20:08

      @Ian, just remember to speak to you doctor about amino acid supplements as your no meat diet does not give your body all the AA it needs.

      christo.stone - 2012-01-01 21:23

      This "business man" isn't going to eat the rhino so your argument is invalid. This is pure trophy hunting which should be banned completely! It is immoral to kill an animal for "sport".

      craigtjames - 2012-01-01 21:33

      This is not about hunting - this is something which is much worse. We read article after article about rhino's being under thread of extinction and all the extremely measures being taken to protect them. We had an article 2 weeks ago about a Western Cape ranger who injected rhino horn with poison to deter poacher. The issue here is - WHEN THE MONEY IS RIGHT, ANYTHING CAN BE BOUGHT. It is disgusting, appalling and immoral. What message is this stupidity sending out to the world????? And again, we stick to the article when we do posts.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-02 05:59

      trevor, I agree with you in re wanting to shoot a rhino. But hunting generally is far more humane than stock farming. If you want to eat meat, rather go for hunted venison if you care about animal welfare.

      Merven - 2012-01-02 07:30

      Hunting is about a weak self esteem and or other suppressed mental issues. What does a man do who's wife already got two black eyes? He goes hunting.

      Dave - 2012-01-02 08:17

      Name him, Shame him

      brett.nortje - 2012-01-02 08:26

      Hunters pay for conservation. Because hunters pay for conservation we now have more game animals in South Africa than at any time since the Rinderpest. This guy is spending R1m on conservation. How much have YOU spent on conservation over the last year? Ask yourself how many rhino there would be in SA had it not been for the Natal Parks Board? The blame for the rhino poaching lies squarely with Thabo Mbeki who allowed Jackie Selebi (who appears to have had more power than Ministers!) to disband Piet Lategan's Endangered Species Protection Unit.

      christo.stone - 2012-01-02 08:54

      @Brett, how is killing one of only 24 000 animal, conservative? You don't conserve something by killing it for "funzies" Hunters should be banned...there is no need in modern society to hunt...not for food and not for fun/sport/feeling superior over a defenseless animal. Hunting should be allowed if you hunt with what nature gave you...your bare hands...

      trevor06 - 2012-01-02 11:41

      @ everyone who gave a thumbs down - You'll be the ones sorry when your kids ask " What is a Rhino " ! @Piet - I'm not a retard, i know why people hunt and the reasons, how is killing an endangered species guaranteeing its existence? understandable with buck and so on as there are plenty of them, but come on, a Rhino? All this businessman is doing, is buying this knob head a new BMW or new house, or jewellery for his forty wives!

      sachasea - 2012-01-02 13:04

      We should all just face the fact that EVERY single species on this planet (including ourselves) will ultimately become extinct sooner or later. All the more likely to be sooner thanks to our species existence and dominance on this planet. Our population surpassed the 7 billion mark not so long ago. How much longer can the Earth and it's environments continue to sustain our ever burgeoning population? The end game approaches and we all know it yet refuse to do anything about it. Might as well just continue to mine every last deposit of mineral from the soil, fell every last tree for furniture, hunt every last animal for food/fun/money. Oh well life is short and it's the future generations who will have to live with the repercussions of our actions not us.

      Gungets - 2012-01-02 14:40

      I see nobody has mentioned the other obvious reason why they auction some animals for hunts rather than sell or relocate. MONEY. The average white rhino now sells for between $19,000 and $22,000 (R150,000 - R175,000) - compared to the R1 million for the single hunted animal. You would have to capture and sell 5 or 6 to get that much cash. Consider the fact that many rhinos sold to private individuals (hello Out of Africa Safaris!!!!) get hunted anyway, Ezemvelo could well be saving the lives of 5 rhino. Just saying . . . . . . .

      arne.verhoef - 2012-01-02 16:34

      @Alicia... WOW! Such an angry tannie! I completely understand why hunting is frowned upon, and do not indulge in it myself, but it is true... its for conservation purposes. The way in which Ezemvelo treated this shows their professionalism and the responsible way in which they went about doing this. It is not some underground, shady deal, they put it out in the open, and made an informed decision on which animal to sacrifice. Gungets makes a very good point(though your figures are a tad out, a nice big boy sells for about R450000, with others generally ranging between R17 000 and R25 000 an inch. This excludes the effort of transportation, etc etc etc) It is a very sad thought that a rhino is to be gunned down, but I will much rather have it done this way, than some thai prostitute shooting the poor thing. A good thing to remember is that, if it werent for hunting, Kruger would not be there today, as well as many endangered species(as hunting creates the incentive to breed those animals too) Ps. @Boer: Please do read up on vegetarian diets, you seem to be rather ill informed sir.

      Craig - 2012-01-02 23:58

      Grow up people - you all sit pretty in front of your TV's indulging in emotional masturbation. HUNTING is the only reason many species have survived (the Blesbok is an example). An average meat hunter spends in excess of R15 000 on game animals a year. That goes directly to farming game, employment, tax, research, and conservation. HOW MUCH DO YOU SPEND ON CONSERVATION or is it easier to go and buy your meat at the super market? If they did not pay to hunt them, the farmers would farm cattle or mielies. IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO HUNT AND KILL THE ANIMAL YOURSELF, YO DONT DESERVE TE EAT IT - it is about respect, not slaughter. And all you vegetarians out there - how much prime game farm land has been cleared and the game eradicated so you can indulge in your feel good vegetable diet? I suggest you take your hand your pants, engage your brain, do some research and formulate a proper opinion.

      Gungets - 2012-01-03 06:39

      @Arne - took my figures from here ----> ---> it looks like a nicely researched article. Being a long weekend there was nobody at Ezemvelo who could answer my questions when I phoned.

      Jason - 2012-01-03 11:12

      Without hunting there would be no animals for all you Tree huggers (that never do anything to help) to view and enjoy! simple fact is that hunters help with conservation!

      Kyle - 2012-01-03 12:30

      All of you agreeing that this is helping conservation, how much can I pay to hunt you? I'll donate all the money to consveration.

      Jason - 2012-01-03 18:52

      @Kyle don't be a moron and make statements about hunting me. I have done my time and spent time doing anti-poaching work. And real conservationists understand that animal management is vital and that sometimes means culling animals. And the money raised from hunting pays for the conservation. If a game farmer was not allowed to invite hunters onto his land then why use the land for Game?? he would rather get rid of the game and turn his land into a Cattle ranch. I don't know what the scenario is around this particular hunt, but if this farm is maxed out for its Rhino limit for the size of land then this is their only option. And all the rest of the animals on the farm will benefit for some of the funds raised. Its business.

      Kyle - 2012-01-03 19:19

      @Jay - yea typical limited inteligence reponse.... move the rhino, use game farms for viewing not hunting.... pitty idiots keep taking the easy way out and think that hunting is the only option, BTW hunting humans would be far more helpfull to animals problem is people like you take the easy way out... I've also done my anti-poaching... but I've never hunted animals for sport.

      tara.stannard - 2012-01-04 05:47

      Sorry Alicia, but I have to disagree... what do mens penis's have to do with killing an endangered species??? I do understand that people do have to hunt for food, as in buck, venison.... impala, kudu, etc... call me barbaric, but I grew up in Zambia where my parents could not guarantee that the meat they got from a butcher was not a dog or goat, cat etc... so my father would hunt for our food, however... not Rhinos, not leopards, not lions or elephants etc... I think you are getting WAY to explicit and it has to make me wonder how far yr mind is in the gutter. People have to live, however... respectfully so. You should NOT EVER KILL FOR FUN, it should be a punishable offence, unless for food to keep your family alive, however... preferably not and endangered species... find a buck that will fulfil yr needs!!! Oh and just in case you were wondering and needed to get a harsh remark at what you perceive my culture to be... I am proudly White and respectful of my hertitage.

      Jason - 2012-01-04 13:32

      @Kyle limited intelligence huh? your lack of knowledge on this subject is blatantly obvious. Move the Rhino you say? to where my friend? and who is gonna pay for it? in the current poaching climate rhinos are a bad investment so finding a buyer willing to pay for the animal and pay for the game capture would not be easy. Eco tourism brings in a fraction of the money that hunting does. Yes there are some farms that can operate on eco tourism alone but most of the farms rely heavily on hunting to subsidize the shortfall! Do some homework! Even better get off your ass and get out there and MAKE A Difference!

  • Horst - 2012-01-01 18:14

    Two thoughts on this story: 1. If there are people prepared to pay loads of money for the privilege of shooting an animal identified as being surplus to requirement, go for it, rake in as much money as you can. 2. I do understand and would support killing of huntable animals for the pot. I do not understand this trophy hunting business, what is so great about killing an animal so that one can hang a stuffed head on the wall?

      Gungets - 2012-01-01 18:32

      People buy ridiculous cars, spend millions on art, pay for their poppies plastic surgery, buy R30 million houses. Where's the logic to any of it. I understand hunting to a degree, even though I don't do it myself. I know that if we do not productively use our natural resources then they will increasingly come under pressure from many quarters for other uses, just as Mapungubwe is under pressure from coal mining. So, sustainable hunting (and most of it is) should be accomodated. Whether this stretches to rhino, sheeesh, I am torn. If every person here that objects is willing to stick their hand in their pocket and spend money in our reserves, to the tune of R2 million extra a year for Hluhluwe, then perhaps relocation is an option. Just remember though, that Kruger sells a pile of rhino a year, and most of them end up getting shot. So, relocation is not always what it seems - Out of Africa Safaris know all about that k#k.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-02 06:10

      Horst - ja, the new conservation theory is - "if it pays, it stays". backfiring a bit on rhino conservation though, the horn thing messed that one up. And trophy hunting - human nature, its a form of "competition", in a warped form. Like us anglers, we somehow always want to catch the "biggest" fish. We are weird creatures, aren't we?

  • jmccaffs - 2012-01-01 18:23

    someones getting a bribe, I don't understand the word hunt in the above story, this animal weighs in excess of a two ton and can be seen from a distance of a mile, so basically someone paying a million bucks to kill a poor animal for the sake of his penis being to small or his brain.

      Garth - 2012-01-02 08:20

      You don't really know much about the species, nor the terrain, nor about professional hunting, do you?

      lorna.m.eaton - 2012-01-02 10:20

      Garth, I don't believe what you just posted... you are trying to tell us this "hunter" will be studying the habits of the white rhino, then trecking over the terrain, stalking his wary prey before humanely despatching it in a professional manner??? CRAP! I have seen what happens in "hunting camps" in fact I walked to within 4 metres of a TAME kudu bull in one such place (that had BOUGHT animals for tossers like this "businessman" to murder).

      Garth - 2012-01-02 11:03

      The difference in being able to see an animal`a mile'(we have moved on since then) and being able to approach that BULL RHINO to get into a good shooting position, are as comparable as the anc is to good governance. Hunting an animal over the respective terrains of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and Mkhuze are a far cry from your stroll through some unethical idiot's `hunting camp'.(If you are so ethical what were you doing there?). This hunt is public, transparent and probably an `honourable' way for an old warrior to go. Oh, and I did say professional hunting - not your uncle Piet's farm where he cans lions and kudus.

      Gungets - 2012-01-03 09:32

      @Lorna - hunts in H-I are run on the "fair chase" hunting phylosophy, certainly not canned hunting. It is quite obvious that you know nothing about the ethical hunting fraternity, but please don't let that stop you just making assumptions. If this rhino had been sold then there is EVERY chance that it would have ended up in private hands, where it is shot full of anaesthetic and "hunted" by some small-dick Thai for it's horn. This way, a South African trophy hunter will "walk and stalk" and mount the trophy. Make your choice, fair-chase hunt, or Thai/Viet muti.

  • jenny.gormanandrews1 - 2012-01-01 18:24

    Take the money but shoot the hunter and hang him up as a trophy/ warning for others wanting to do the same!!!

      Ronald - 2012-01-01 23:42

      Instead of following your emotions,approach the problem from a different side.If the present population of 24000 rhino can be protected to ensure that a growth of 5% can be sustained(1200 new little rhinos every year),and half of this increase can be auctioned to provide funds for conservation and profit, it would put R576 Million into the pot(600 x R960 000). Presently, the value of the poached rhino is roughly R164 Million,that is assuming that the average horn weighs 9kg at R45 000 per kilo, and none of this lands back in the formal economy or conservation. The auction and culling of the herds can be formalised. Presently I have to hear of one poacher that has been prevented from poaching.If everybody that is so vocal pulls their finger in preventing the illegal hunting,actively support those that do breed with rhino,and stop pontificating from their keyboards because emotions overcome logic,this fight might become successful.

  • EyesEars - 2012-01-01 18:27

    Can this KZN businessman supply another R1m in order to provide a safe haven for rino's and also pay to ensure that the species will live on? If not, will Kzn businessman donate R1m for food parcels and deliver it himself to schools for children in need accross all races? What is he willing to give, in order to receive?

  • Comrade - 2012-01-01 18:28

    KZN Wildlife is managed by B.E.E IMBICILES - Money first - Wildlife second.

  • Christian - 2012-01-01 18:34

    I just don't get it either. Sick; all "hunters". Show yourself; be proud at least!

  • Louis B. Ebersohn - 2012-01-01 18:49

    Well done Ezemvelo! Conservation through utillisation, the way to go.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-01 18:51

    i dont understand how one finds amusement in murdering animals at all, even if they own them.

  • Nicolette - 2012-01-01 18:59

    This is shocking. How can you hunt an almost extinct specie? Rather relocate the animal. Just shows the intelligence and mentality of people running Ezemvelo. I am extremely upset about this - is there not something we can do to stop this?? I have tweeted to Richard Branson - maybe he can help!!

      AquaticApe - 2012-01-01 20:06

      @Nicolette: Join the group on facebook "Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching". There's a lot we can do. There is a court application at present to have the entire board of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife declared invalid along with all their weird decisions.

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-01 19:00

    "The removal of a small number of individually identified rhino males actually enhances overall metapopulation growth rates and furthers genetic conservation,"..Bandile Mkhize is that eloquent?....I think not. Greedy yes...eloquent, not. South Africa will say goodbye to all rhino species within the next 5-10 years...WITH the help of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-02 06:19

      Conservation is the "wise" use of our natural resources. Perhaps these animals are identified as they are past breeding age. They have no more "use" in terms of saving the rhino population, so are rather sold off to hunters to raise funds for conservation. I must admit, someone who shoots a white rhino should not be called a "hunter", hunting requires some effort and skill.

  • tobydt - 2012-01-01 19:01

    We are opening the bidding process to shoot a certain KZN businessman. There are too many of these dodgy individuals running around, and they need to be culled.

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:01

      70 billion humans v 20 thousand rhino. Choose the side of the underdog. KZN business man expendable! Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife official expendable!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-01-01 23:28

      70 BILLION?! Where are you getting this crap?

      Alva - 2012-01-02 11:57

      Ooops! My bad!

      Jonathan - 2012-01-02 14:07

      Yes and add the govenment officials who approved this deal. Let them show their faces. It is not only the idiots at Ezemvelo.

  • alain.latham - 2012-01-01 19:05

    The businessman's name should be made known to the public. Afterall the rhino is public property being "put to public tender" by public servants!

      Piet - 2012-01-01 19:14

      And if you can not relocate it?

      alain.latham - 2012-01-01 19:41

      He must own-up to the public and name himself. He's a big tough hunter- what's he afraid of? Coward!

  • Jenni - 2012-01-01 19:12

    Name him and shame him - this is outrageous! Trust the government to hunt endangered animals - no wonder we cannot control poaching.... as long as they can make money from it, who bloody cares. They will sell everything from under our noses - they have no sense of history, nor the future - as long as they make blood money, they don't bloody care.

      Barefoot - 2012-01-01 19:20

      Ehh i don't see any mention of the government approving or financing this, could you please explain where?

  • Jenni - 2012-01-01 19:14

    Let's auction a hunt on the business man - I'm sure we could raise more than R1m - we could donate the money to Save the Rhino - it seems perfectly fair and just

  • Gabriel Arnold Zimbango - 2012-01-01 19:17

    l really cant bliv ths..hw much is he worth coz want to hunt hm down as well

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-01 19:37

      Maybe can teach you how to write properly, how about that?

      gnatius.delange - 2012-01-01 20:56

      GAZ - bliv u tri a bigged keybod fo fat finners finfres fu===it get new glashes to to read the dixshonerry.

  • Heather - 2012-01-01 19:22


  • trevor.norrisjones - 2012-01-01 19:38

    I want to hunt human beings!

      Carl Ashley-Belbin - 2012-01-02 10:22

      Unfortunetly you will go to jail, where rhino poachers belong!

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-01 19:41

    Please tell us who this "businessman" is and what his "business" is called, so that we never have to buy his product again.

      chechetherose - 2012-01-02 14:47

      I'd like to know that as well... so I never make the mistake of accidentally supporting him either. NAME HIM PLEASE

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-01 19:41

    This businessman has too much money to kill.

  • Robert - 2012-01-01 19:48


  • alain.latham - 2012-01-01 19:49

    Boycott Ezemvelo!

  • dino1234 - 2012-01-01 19:52

    What is this cretins name?

      Garth - 2012-01-02 08:25

      Well said Clinton - at least someone else understands. Emotion based on ignorance is useless.

  • Renier - 2012-01-01 19:56

    There is nothing wrong with a LEGAL HUNT. Some of the money goes to conservation and some to taxes. The animal does not suffer and nothing goes wasted. The trophy probably goes to a wall and is not sold for some concoction that does not work. The "owner" of the animal will not allow the hunt if there is not enough rhino on his property. The hunter does not kill the animal in order to steal the horn with no returns to the wild life. Should we ask why hunt legally - we will have to ask why eat meat.

      Renier - 2012-01-01 20:05

      Should hunting be "outlawed" nobody will "farm" with wild animals and the conservation of these animals will be the responsibility of the government. No government can carry this burden alone.

      Michelle Vlok - 2012-01-01 20:08

      We eat meat to survive, like other species. HOWEVER I've never heard of other species killing other animals for sport and fun. It's not necessary for humans to kill animals, endangered or not, as a form of entertainment.

      Renier - 2012-01-01 20:32

      As I have mentioned: Should hunting be outlawed there will be no animals left to admire in a few years. We do not need to eat meat in order to survive. Meat eating animals eat meat because they are designed that way. Most humans eat meat because they like to eat meat. Whether it is "wild" meat or whether it is meat from animals breed ed solely for human consumption.

      allison.thomson - 2012-01-01 20:34

      Reiner I do not have a problem with hunting in general terms but hunting an animal that is on the Appendix B list of CITES is an ethical issue. I understand sustainability and all that stuff but with the loopholes that we have at the moment that allow these trophy's to be exported and the horns land up on the black market just fuels the demand for rhino horn and increases poaching. Until such times as all these problems are rectified (i.e. permits etc) then there should be a Moratorium on Rhino hunting - end of story.

      Steyn - 2012-01-01 21:39

      Renier, I support your point in general, but in this particular case, I have differ because of its sensitivity. Therefore, on the specific topic of Rhino's, I support Allison's argument.

      Renier - 2012-01-01 21:41

      @allison: 1st note that I have never hunted an animal in my life. Yes I do eat venison. I do agree with your argument on the moratorium on hunting of rhino as per your argument. I will though have sentiments for a specific farmer who has enough stock on his farm. Must we expect that he gives his animal away - who are going to compensate him for incurred costs raising the animal. Should one peruse the comments on the article above most of the arguments refer to hunting/no hunting. I am simply attempting to show that there is a big place for hunting in the conservation efforts of all.

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:03

      Culling is human. Hunting is caveman style barbaric. Are you a caveman Renier?

      Gungets - 2012-01-01 22:11

      Renier is correct. Ask any conservation agency why the Wild Dog os endangered. It is a very successful hunter and therefore expensive to conserve. Hunting them is also outlawed due to their endangered status. There are game farmers lined up, ready to breed them, just as long as they can sustainably hunt them as well. The money from the hunting supports the survival of the species. Don't argue here, speak to any game farmer, ask him why he does not keep them, and what would change his mind. Then we talk. Once again, I am not a hunter, but I see the value, just as I drive a 12 year old car but understand those that like a new one every second year. I can see why people buy art, but am not going to buy it myself.

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-02 06:44

      Trophy "hunters" could donate the real horns and replace them with fibreglass replicas. The real horns could be sold to the East at very low prices, hopefully lowering the overall price and thus not make poaching so lucrative? They'd need a lot of horns though. The market needs to be flooded, but I doubt there are enough rhinos left to achieve this.

      Hunter - 2012-01-02 07:25

      @ Michelle I have witnessed two occasions where leopard has killed four or five claves at a time, only to eat one and once it ate none of them. Looking at the tracks, it only killed and left. Maybe for fun? Who knows? Lion has been caught on film killing hayena, not eating them. Yes, the lion is eliminating competition, but so is Ezemvelo Wildlife.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-02 08:20

      This is not a "hunt" The man who paid this obscene amount of money to shoot the rhino is not a "hunter", he is just a shooter. Their is no merit in standing 50 metres away from a stationary target and shooting it in the head with a high-powered rifle. What joy can he get out of watching the magnificent animal die? Is this some kind of sexual perversion? Does it give him a sense of achievement? I wonder what his wife or his mother think of this. What is the value of the "trophy", which he is probably going to hang on his wall and brag about his great dangerous escapade to his pals?

  • Schalk - 2012-01-01 19:57

    This is sic!

  • charockthony - 2012-01-01 20:00

    Well wht is the importance of RHINO ? Pleace i would like to know

      alain.latham - 2012-01-01 20:15

      Welcome to 2012- here goes: There are only 24000 in the world and they are being killed at the rate of 471 a year increasing by 40% per year which means wild rhino will be wiped out by 2020. You will only be able to find them on "canned hunting" farms in Limpopo Province.

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:05

      @ charockthony. Crawl back under your rock of ignorance!

  • alain.latham - 2012-01-01 20:01

    Let's make 2012 a bad year for Ezemvelo Wildlife, GWM cars, Haier airconditioners, Gree airconditioners, Kia cars, Hyundai cars, LG products, Samsung products, Daewoo products...

      Gungets - 2012-01-01 22:14

      And watch them sell another 7 rhino in 2012 just to survive. Fantastic idea.

  • Piet - 2012-01-01 20:07

    It will be the only way to conserve them in the end of the day! Give them monetary value! So for all of you, I say go ahead. That is after all why we have so many game farms in SA now compared to the 70's. You better think carefully about what Trophy hunters want! Only the best and biggest animals, normally shot just after the prime of their lives. If they do not measure up they are not killed. So the Trophy hunter gives us better game management to breed animals that will possible be of top quality later on in life. So just think again....

      Michelle Vlok - 2012-01-01 20:20

      So why stop there? Why not cull humans as well? There's over 7 billion of us. It will help with pollution, crime, creating a stronger gene pool and free up land. If we're gonna kill other species for fun or cull them, then what's your argument for not killing humans like that as well? I'll bet there's monetary value in that as well.

      Boer - 2012-01-01 20:37

      @Michelle Vlok the huge world population of people is the biggest problem that face the world today. there is simply too many people. food is going to be/ already is a major problem. people are starving. but we need different solutions than culling humans...cant do that ;) we need to cull animals. the day people begin to interfere in nature (ie. fencing animals all national parks) is the day we need to begin to manage them (culling is part of this). people do not want to cull elephants in kruger...well if not they will destroy the vegetation and lead to the starvation of other herbivores and then predators...see how everyting is linked up.

      Renier - 2012-01-01 20:44

      @Michelle: If you point to the first human to be culled, I will do it for you. (Pun intended)

      Michelle Vlok - 2012-01-01 21:04

      @boer. I understand that there's a problem when people interfere with nature and start fencing animals. I question HOW we manage them. If people are so willing to pay hundreds of thousands of rands to kill just one animal, then why can't they use that very money to relocate the animal instead? What's the thrill behind killling a defenceless animal? I know we can't cull humans. But why? I know it sounds silly, but I'm trying to make a point by asking that question. Why would we manage other species by death if we're not willing to do the same with our own species? What then, exempts our species from 'management'? The reason why elephants for example need to be culled is because they will destroy the vegetation and there won't be enough resources left for other animals. But the main reason why there won't be enough resources left is because as human beings we have reduced the animals' land so we can use up all the resources ourselves. The problem in that equation is not the elephants, it's humans.There's so much money to kill animals. Why not use that money for conservation research and other solutions instead without having to kill an animal for sports in the process?

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:10

      @Boer. There is a difference between cull, hunt and poach. Since rhino are an endangered species, why hunt? It's the same as poach! If rhino were in abundance maybe cull humanely but hunt an endangered species? It's just plain stupid!

      Gungets - 2012-01-01 22:21

      Michelle - where do you thnik the Out of Africa people got their rhino that they killed in Limpopo. They did not poach a single animal - they bought them all legally from breeders. They were bought under the premise that they would be relocated. It is not that simple. Stop the emotion for a moment and think carefully. The elephant argument is exactly the same. Botswana is so overpopulated with elephant that they are already in an unavoidable disaster. The riverine bush is all gone, 5 million tons of topsoil disappears every year. The removal of 10cm of topsoil takes 1 million years to recover. To restock Botswana with elephants, starting at ZERO will take 100 years. Conservation is a science, not an emotional little tear spilled thinking about the last cute little elephant you saw. Humans, with fences (to keep themselves alive!) have destroyed the balance, so it is humans that need to restore that balance. If you want to play a part, do a game conservation course, become an honourary ranger with Ezemvelo - that will add real value!

      Ronald - 2012-01-01 23:10

      @ Michelle. The very same reasons that you are upset about the position of the rhino will be held forth to prevent the culling of humans; moral values, sense of fairness(who gets culled and who not), your right to life, etc. The human race has allowed itself to breed at the cost of everything else, with technology that puts us beyond how nature would naturally keep our numbers down(famine,sickness,natural calamities,distance between populated centres,etc.)

  • Boer - 2012-01-01 20:16

    there is nothing wrong with hunting. it brings in huge amounts of money for the country. 1 mil to hunt 1, if some of this is used for rhino conservation everyone can benefit. all the greenies... no meat...well many areas of the world are just not suitable for vegetable production (eg. areas of karoo) where livestock can be produced sustainably. plus meat forms part of a balanced diet. yes we should all respect nature and focus on sustainable production. livestock and game farming is not the enemy of the environment or animals.

      Carol Werth - 2012-01-01 21:28

      Hunting for the pot to put food on your table is one thing, and I mean the nmeat from the kill. Hunting to brag and display the head of the animal in your lounge is quite another and pretty sick.

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:11

      @ Boer. Do you eat rhino steak?

      Boer - 2012-01-01 22:19

      @velastardust no, havent tried it yet, you?

      Alva - 2012-01-02 12:20

      Obviously not. Abundance of other meat around. My point exactly, why shoot rhino if not for eating?

      Piet - 2012-01-02 16:36

      People like you stigmatize the term "boer". Now they think all Boer's are stupid.

  • Cathy - 2012-01-01 20:17

    Just think what a bigger hero he would feel if he announced that he could not shoot this Rhino but would be donating it to a private reserve!

      Piet - 2012-01-01 20:34

      ANd Cathy it is past its prime and will die of natural causes in the next three years! What then.....

      Dee - 2012-01-03 12:58

      My thoughts exactly Cathy!

  • Manny - 2012-01-01 20:20

    @Piet I agree, but not when they are being poached. There are many millionaires in the world, and if they are allowed to hunt them at R1m a piece, how many will be left after the poachers kill the last 1? Surely legal hunting should be suspended until such time that the poaching is brought under control?

      Piet - 2012-01-01 20:33

      Manny it is a noble idea. But impossible to achieve. Lets turn it around. Lets stop the poaching first and then we continue with legal hunting. How are we going to stop people, who I dare say is well funded who are doing the poaching. The Rhino's in the Krugersdorp reserve was taken from Helicopter. They where killed and de-horned in under ten minutes. And vanished without a trace. I have hunted many species in my life for meat and sport. And it saddens me to see an animal killed for a horn and the carcass left to rot. If you kill it use it, make sure the meat is distributed. But all the greenies goes up in arms about this sort of thing. But my game farm would not have existed without hunters. The game on it would have been replaced with cows if it was not for hunters. The hunters also make sure hat I have enough money to replace my breeding males every 3 -5 years to prevent inbreeding. This is game management. And the Kruger should start this to get rid of the elephant which is going to ultimately going to destroy the ecology. They fought that they might migrate over into Mozambique with the lifting of the fence. But most breeding herds are still in the confines of the Kruger. So to all the Greenies....You are going to kill them.

      Piet - 2012-01-01 20:38

      Oh and a trophy hunter will only shoot the one that will be regarded as a trophy! The poacher takes them all!

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:14

      @ Manny. Good point. Are our rhino valued at R20 million? Seems a small price for an endangered specie!

      Garth - 2012-01-02 11:32

      @manny - if the poachers kill the last one there will be how many left? Um, Vela, you need to get off that `dust'. 20,000 x 1 million equals what? You and manny go to the same arithmetic classes? And Piet - there are not enough Elephant in the greater KNP of 3.2million Ha. Don't let the `culling' urge erase reason. The elephant will utilise the space in Mozambique once the numbers `bump' the overflow that way. And Elephants do not destroy their `environment', they transform it. `Ecology' is the study of organisms in their natural environment. Imagine 100 Rhino per year, properly marketed and professionally hunted by men/women with more money than libido and we have R100 million into the coffers of conservation annually. 100 million to fight poachers. 100 million to improve reserve infrastructure. 100 million to . . . better not tell the anc though. And the Rhino population can sustain this!

  • Hermann - 2012-01-01 20:22

    Hey folks this about wild life management. Rather have a professional or experienced hunter shoot the excess game than to have them over graze and then die of hunger. Oh, by the way I am also a vegetarian and love my vegies first to pass through a medium rare steak or boerewors or chops before I eat them. It enhances the flavour.

      Colleen Mollentze - 2012-01-01 21:53

      Oh my, we have a wildlife expert AND comedian over here :-( nowhere is any mention made of overgrazing, and one would imagine that even if it was the case relocation of an endangered species would be b better idea. But hey, killing is easier

  • Bryan - 2012-01-01 20:24

    This is now pushing it, it was in the same complex that Unfolozi Hluhluwe Game Reserves that our fore fathers had the foresight to conserve the very same white Rhino that the same authorities are now willing to auction the legacy of KZN for the sake of a hunting the very same reason that the resserves were proclaimed in the first place. It is also the reason that today South Africa can boast of a healthy White Rhino population as it was here that the Rhino was saved. If this hunt goes ahead then it is the shame and 2012 will go down as the death of conservation ethics in South Africa, and we might as well de proclaim all our Reserves comodify nature to the highest bidder.

      alain.latham - 2012-01-01 20:32

      Let's hang our heads in shame... Ezemvelo Mkuzi just another Limpopo style "canned poaching" farm supported by the likes of Piet, Boer, Renier and Hermann (need I say more)...

      Renier - 2012-01-01 20:51

      @alain: Show me a better way to raise money for conservation and I will support you all the way. By the way - how much of your time/money did you spend on conservation the past year?

      Renier - 2012-01-01 22:02

      My comment @alain was made on the assumption that everyone have gathered that I support hunting as a way to create funds of which some will go to conservation and that hunting creates farmers who will ultimately see to it that our wildlife is not depleted. If they get rich in the process so what? I do not see anyone offering to do it for free. Those opposing hunting should visit a proper game farm and see for themselves the enormous capital investment (and job creation) that is done on these farms. On these farms bird hunting and the senseless eradication of all forms of wild life are not permitted. This is contributing to a form of conservation most people do not even think about. Then one must take cognizance of the Millions in foreign currency (on which taxes are paid)that enters the country via these farms. I do not condone canned hunting, poaching, etc. (I do not hunt, work on or own a game farm)

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:16

      @ Renier. Tourism! Tourism! Tourism! Hopefully we will still have tourism once all the rhino have gone. 20 thousand rhino are not enough for hunting and poaching!

      Renier - 2012-01-01 22:36

      @velastardust: The owners of rhino (government or private)will never allow rhino to be hunted into extinction. Poachers should be hunted with all means possible. A hunter is not a poacher. Maybe all rhinos in private custody should be confiscated by the government who must allow no hunting. These rhino should be fenced in (Guarded by means of a massive military operation)fed on land using government funds. You guys will come running in support with your cash in order to assist I presume? This will satisfy those conserving rhino with their hearts. In a few years there will be no rhino left because the rhino will kill themselves and you will not be able to blame the hunters and game farmers.

      Alva - 2012-01-01 23:04

      @Renier. I take it your land to rhino theory is based on scientific fact? Right now the facts are that rhino are endangered. Surely there should be a moratorium on hunting? Since the government has failed to protect rhino, placing all rhino in their care would be a grave mistake.

      Alva - 2012-01-01 23:10

      @Renier. Since most of us are taxpayers, we are already funding the government to ensure the survival of our rhino. If rhino were farmed like ostriches and the horn was harvested, sure, commercial venture. But this is not where we are at. Over 400 rhino killed in one year? Come on!

      Renier - 2012-01-02 00:23


  • Sean - 2012-01-01 20:27

    All I see is double standards here!! Here's me being brainwashed to assist in the conservation of all rhinos before they become extinct, in the mean time some so called intelligent people are selling these wonderful animals, not even for consumption, but for a mere stuffed head hanging from a wall - I am stunned!! Is this an early April fool's joke? Surely this particular rhino could be sold to another conservation park? But these people concerned are using the excuse that killing is to conserve!? Relocate/sell this animal to a park that would love to add one to their park so that the world could at least still have the opportunity to see one more rhino before they become extinct through poaching or selling the rhinos to some idiot millionaire/s! Why not just put tenders out to the Asian market and in doing so get rid of all our rhinos while you are at it so that we can save time/effort/money in trying to conserve our wonderful rhinos. Why should I even bother contributing to the conservtion of rhinos anymore - it seems to be defeating the object.....! I never thought in a million years that i would read an article like this, I am dumb-struck!

  • allison.thomson - 2012-01-01 20:28

    Dear Mr Mkhize. As the founding member of Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching we request that, in the spirit of transparency and in light of our right of access to information, you make public the name of the Outfitter who won this tender . We find it deplorable that an animal that is on the CITES Appendix B list is being put up for a hunt by a National Park. National Parks purchase their animals with tax payers money and this money appears to be landing up not back in conservation but going to local communities. I certainly do understand the requirement for sustainability but then the money should be used for conservation. Notwithstanding the financial issues involved here there is an ethical situation we find ourselves in as well. With the incredible amount of poaching that is taking place in our country surely relocation would be a more advisable option especially considering that SANParks are completely unsure as to the actual rhino population numbers. Further, I wish to appeal to you to make sure that if this Rhino is hunted that his horn is treated by Rhino Rescue Project to ensure that his horn does not end up on the black market. We, OSCAP, will be happy cover the cost of the treatment. If the "Outfitter" is legitimate and above board then he will surely not object to the treatment being administered. Your response would be appreciated.

      Dee - 2012-01-03 13:07

      Allison, I also cannot understand how, with the huge loss of Rhino that is perpetually taking place by brutal poachers, SANParks can even consider selling a rhino to a cruel, stupid man who has more money than sense. He will be killing it the same way that the poachers are; by terrifying it and then shooting it!!! My heart bleeds for wild animals worldwide for the scant regard that humans have for dumb animals that God put on this earth for us to admire and cherish. God must weep for the cruelty and stupidity of his human creation! By the way I don't believe the socalled "sustainability" story - I do understand culling, but not when the animals are virtually extinct!!!

  • nyamithi - 2012-01-01 20:30

    We need to disgrace that business man if he goes ahead and shoots our Rhino, NO one should have the right to d-neigh us all the privilege of having THAT Rhino as part of our world. It degrades us ALL

      alain.latham - 2012-01-01 20:41

      it belongs to the South African tax payer ie. me, you and others...

  • alain.latham - 2012-01-01 20:36

    who get's to sell the horn and keep the cash? the businessman or Bandile Mkhize?

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:20

      @ Alain. Very valid point. Who gets to keep the horn? Hope the business man and Bandile both choke on it!

  • gnatius.delange - 2012-01-01 20:49

    Renosterknaters in kerriesous is die resep van die week , julle dom donners. Hier in die Karoo moet ons maar plan maak met springbok ooi se tepels en braai spice.

  • Carol Werth - 2012-01-01 20:50

    Dear Mr Mkhize, as a concerned citizen of South Africa, I implore you to rethink what has just been allowed to pass. The poaching of the rhino was astronomical in 2011, does it not make sense to relocate the rhino to a SAFE reserve and put it into breeding. When last was a census on the rhino done, nationwide? I do understand the need for conservation, well managed conservation and my thinking would be to INCREASE the numbers before DECREASING them before they can revive themselves. A photohraph of a wild animal speaks volumes and is the reason the majorit of tourists flock to our parks. A gunshot, fatal one, is merelu putting a bullet in our tourism coffin. Can the rhino survive all this?

  • Carol Werth - 2012-01-01 20:52

    Dear Mr Mkhize, as a concerned citizen of South Africa, I implore you to rethink what has just been allowed to pass. The poaching of the rhino was astronomical in 2011, does it not make sense to relocate the rhino to a SAFE reserve and put it into breeding. When last was a census on the rhino done, nationwide? I do understand the need for conservation, well managed conservation and my thinking would be to INCREASE the numbers before DECREASING them before they can revive themselves. A photohraph of a wild animal speaks volumes and is the reason the majorit of tourists flock to our parks. A gunshot, fatal one, is merely putting a bullet in our tourism coffin. Will the rhino survive mote harm?

  • mario - 2012-01-01 20:59

    The businessman just love killing. That's all. No matter how much it will cost him.

  • shirley.friedman - 2012-01-01 20:59

    Anybody who kills any other being for fun, 'sport' or profit is not only sick but also probably sexually inadequate. Their power comes from a weapon because they have none within.

  • Steyn - 2012-01-01 21:02

    Take the hunters money. Then, shoot him. Then, use that money to relocate the Rhino to another habitat. In parallel, re-engineer this entire blady culling-tender business - it's sickening in perspective of endangered species.

  • Pieter - 2012-01-01 21:06

    Money,money,more to steal.

  • Carlos - 2012-01-01 21:25

    Indeed, vegetables ARE people. And eh eh, some of them even type... And YOU know who YOU are....

  • Maureen Bryden - 2012-01-01 21:31

    We can only hope and pray this disgusting, dastardly deed does not take place. However, if the busstid gets permission, one can but hope the weapon backfires and blows the phukker's face to smithereens. SIES!!!

  • allison.thomson - 2012-01-01 21:52

    I would like to point out that it is not just 1 rhino hunt we are talking about here there are 5 tenders altogether: Makasa Resource Reserve Hunt Package Number MRRT1 : 2012 One White Rhino Male Phongolo Hunt Package Number PT1 : 2012 One White Rhino MaleuMkhuze Hunt Package Number MT1 : 2012 One White Rhino Male uMkhuze Hunt Package Number MT2 : 2012 One White Rhino Male uMkhuze Hunt Package Number MT3 : 2012 One White Rhino Male

      Alva - 2012-01-01 22:23

      If this is true it is an absolute disgrace and slap in the face for rhino conservation!

      Boer - 2012-01-01 22:35

      notice how that it is mainly males that are in the Hunt Package. no need to have 1 female to 1 male ratio in the 1 male can inseminate many females (rhino biology 101). this allows for more female to be kept in the designated area (ie. more females to males)...resulting in more females being pregnant resulting in more offspring and more rhino. see conservation makes sense. and if a person is prepared to pay 1mil for the offer to hunt a rhino that is surplus in any case, why not.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-02 10:12

      White males are an endangered species in this country. Especially Afrikaans ones.

      Boer - 2012-01-02 13:10

      @maseratifittipaldi, i am sure white males,especially afrikaans ones, enjoy being endangered... endangered species gets special attention ;)

  • Leendert - 2012-01-01 22:09

    Presumably Hluhluwe have a good reason for this to have to happen and have exhausted all other avenues. I certainly would expect so. In that case, the best they can do is make a million bucks off some guy and put that back into wildlife.

      Carl Ashley-Belbin - 2012-01-02 08:59

      Leendert You have a beautiful faith in humanity!

  • trishawebbheywood - 2012-01-01 22:49

    What will it take to make people realise there is a very thin thread between rhinos and extinction at the moment. That means the next generation will never get to see a live rhino! They will be as dead as the dodo.

  • Ruth - 2012-01-01 23:10

    MURDERERS!!! Where the Hell is CONSERVATION in this.... you stupid, backward IDIOTS!