Polokwane rhino poached, another darted

2011-09-13 10:44

Polokwane - Environmental authorities discovered a rhino carcass at a municipal game reserve in Polokwane while searching for another rhino that had been darted, an official said on Tuesday.

The darted rhino was in good health, Polokwane municipality spokesperson Simon Mokoatedi said.

"We got a vet to come and treat the rhino, and now it is back in circulation," he said.

The rhino was spotted by a hiker on Saturday, who noticed it had been darted.

The hiker reported the animal to the authorities. While rangers were searching for it they discovered the carcass of another rhino.

"From its state of decomposition, it had been killed and dehorned about a week before," Mokoatedi said.

The darted rhino was found shortly after and was revived by a veterinarian.

The game reserve set up additional security measures and appealed to anyone with information on suspected poaching activities to come forward.

  • Hunky_Dory - 2011-09-13 10:49

    Shocking! Glad they rescued the one rhino... hopefully the new measures will curb this awful poaching

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-13 11:04

    THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT BOTHERING TO TAKE THESE ATTACKS SERIOUSLY - SHAME ON YOU! It is appalling that people suspected of poaching Rhino are still managing to purchase animals at auctions. Dawie Groenewald (due to re-appear in court this month) and John Hume’s names are again involved. Money really does talk, the figure is R2M. Whilst the sentiment of “being innocent until proven guilty”, I agree 100 % with John Robbie’s comment of being like “employing a person who is suspected of paedophilia to teach children”. THIS IS JUST ATROCIOUS!!!!

  • lyn.duplessis - 2011-09-13 11:06

    Get those Rhino's out of there to a safe place!

      Fred - 2011-09-13 15:03

      For now it would be best to remove all Rhino to a safe place, like Australia or the US otherwise there will be to few to keep a viable breeding population going.

  • susan.ettmayr - 2011-09-13 11:11

    What additional security? There is none at the moment and that fence is a poacher's dream. Wake up Polox

      Neil - 2011-09-13 13:59

      I agree fully! They need a much better fence and better security. It is such a beautiful place to go to to view game and now you got poachers invading too. I know there was a Rhino that had a calf there recently, hope she made it out OK.

  • Walter - 2011-09-13 11:19

    Seems to me like a highly organised syndicate are involved here. The comments made also raise the question as to whether individuals who are yet to be tried, are still involved? The area is relevant!

  • timene.watt - 2011-09-13 11:22

    Thats a joke!! I just came from the Polokwane Nature Reserve. There are no additional security measures and there where none to begin with

  • braamc - 2011-09-13 11:31

    Is there anything in this country either not raped, murdered, stolen, killed. What a savage nation SA became

  • Durbsdude - 2011-09-13 11:48

    Tragically they won't stop until they or the rhino have all been wiped out. The moment rhino horn became more valuable than diamonds was the day we said goodbye to our precious national species.

  • Carl - 2011-09-13 12:15

    have these people running these reserves got any brains - people and groups are fighting against poachers. if you got rhinos on your reserve you should have upped the security conditions long time ago. not wake up after another one has been slaughtered.."eeerrr oh yes we must up sacurity"

  • Marche - 2011-09-13 12:30

    SICK WORLD WE LIVE IN!!!!! He must be behind bars!!!

  • thetruth - 2011-09-13 13:07

    EISH!!!!!!! do whites also do crime? EISH!!!!!!! i thought its only blacks. EISH!!!!!!! for once the ANC is not mentioned in the news24 story or on readers comments. EISH!!!!!!!!

      Sum1 - 2011-09-13 13:21

      The ANC is doing F@kol to stop Rhino poaching. :-)

      Fred - 2011-09-13 15:06

      Until you came up with your racist cr*p, an official from the Limpopo province was arrested last week, i.e. an ANC official.

  • thetruth - 2011-09-13 13:11

    The owners of the rhino's kill and de-horn the animal,and thereafter sell these horns onto the black market for $60000 US (R420000) a kilo.Then they complain about poachers...investigate these thieves first...

      Fred - 2011-09-13 15:08

      If you have any proof of this why not give it to the police, if you don't trust the police give the information to the newspapers.

  • Rika - 2011-09-13 13:17

    Thank goodness for the hiker that spotted the Rhino. Thank you ! This is what we need! Keep our eyes peeled!!!!

  • pages:
  • 1