Rhino killed in road crash

2012-03-28 17:28

Johannesburg - A rhino was killed when a truck knocked it down in the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, on Wednesday, the game reserve said.

"This is a tragic accident and we are deeply saddened by the loss of another endangered white rhino," said Dinokeng projects CEO Dawn Robertson.

"Animal and nature conservation is at the heart of our work in the DGR and the loss of any animal is a cause for major concern."

The bull rhino was crossing the Rust de Winter road, a public road passing through the game reserve, when it was hit by a truck. The driver of the truck was not injured.

"We not only have to protect our rhino from poachers, but we also have to ensure that all necessary action is taken to ensure that motorists abide by the speed limit to ensure their safety as well as that of the animals in the reserve," said DGR management association chair Etienne Toerien.

He said Tshwane metro traffic police provided traffic enforcement services in the DGR.

"They trap and fine motorists found to be speeding or driving recklessly."

He said the Dinokeng Project was also in the process of installing 14 speed bumps on the tarred roads in the game reserve to encourage motorists to reduce their speed and abide by the 60km/h speed limit.

"We often see poachers as the only threat to rhinos, but we all have a part to play in ensuring they are kept safe. Motorists must stick to the speed limit and exercise caution when driving in a game reserve," he said.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-28 17:40

    Nothing's going right for these Rhinos,

      Jacobus - 2012-03-28 18:15

      Yeah... they are screwed, all right.

      Jacobus - 2012-03-28 18:17

      Don't want to be a rhino... or a white ou... right now.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-28 18:27

      Trust me Jacobus, you don't want to be black either... in your next life, choose to be indian. They always have it good.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-28 18:46

      @ Sim, That's a stupid a comment, Poverty knows no Race. Open your eyes there are heaps of Africans, Coloureds, Indians and Afroeuros living in poverty.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-28 18:48

      @ Jacobus, Research skin pigmentation , There are now procedures available....NOTE how darker people want to become Paler and Pale people want to be darker.....People are never happy.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-28 18:54

      Poverty knows no race , of course, but it hits other races harder. Which race in this planet is affected by poverty the most?...

      Samantha - 2012-03-28 19:00

      @Sim before you point at indians having it so easy in this world why dont u take a trip to india and see what a life most of the indians have there- their poverty is worse than in this country- most of them have no homes or food- and yes a lot has to do with the goverment- or even better- take a drive to Cato Manor- and see the poverty there- just because the Indians dont dance and burn things to protest their poverty, doesnt mean they r not!- its mentality like yours that creates hatred for no reason- wake up!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-28 19:01

      Answer your question Rhetorical Einstein,

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-28 19:05

      Sam, am not sayin indians aren't affected by poverty. They just have a good way of dealin with it...they eat spices...Blacks can't survive on spices.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-28 19:12

      hehhehhehehehheeeeeee hahhhahaahahaaaaa

      Jacobus - 2012-03-28 21:31

      Good one, Sim...

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-03-28 17:42

    I bet this guy was a poacher, it's far easier to just run over the poor thing then to just go through the trouble of shooting it...bastards.

      Brenton007 - 2012-03-28 18:05

      You are right, and he timed it perfectly or do you think he drove through the game reserve a few times before he got lucky? Has to be the first scenario because the second is time consuming and expensive, considering the cost of fuel.

  • Marz Smith - 2012-03-28 17:49

    if driver did 60 and seen the rhino and slowed down before hitting the rhino it would have survided with injuries. rhinos are tough. Even at night. He must have been speeding. Unfortunetly there is no law protecting animals in this matter.

      Irene - 2012-03-28 18:01

      Exactly! The driver had to be speeding. Pity he didn't die instead of the rhino.

      christo.stone - 2012-03-28 18:04

      @Irene, in normal situations I would have said you're sick, but seeing that a rhino died, I completely agree with you. I'm sorry, but I have way more love and respect for our rhinos than humans right now...

      Marz Smith - 2012-03-28 18:08

      i am sure other animals get killed aswel on this strech of road so i would say it would be the parks responsibility.

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-28 18:11

      Irene and Christo - I can only agree with that - sad what is happening to our rhino's and animals in general.

      infijar.ken - 2012-03-28 18:50

      I fear the driver will have a real problem explaining this accident to the Insurance Company, let alone the Police and his Boss!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-28 18:02

    I'm finking of huntin douwn za rhino poachers...there's a high demand for the makoya man-muti in Limpopo...

  • Ntombiziyabusa - 2012-03-28 18:03

    Please give that driver a horn. Next time he can warn the animal that he is approaching! *See what i did there????? Give the guy a horn.... LOL*

      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-28 19:09

      Oh, Honk honk...

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-03-28 18:18

    Thanx de driver is kicking, (a father to someone).why shuld people worry about de rhino dan a human..pathetic at its best..give de man dat horn.

      Irene - 2012-03-28 18:24

      Phosa ~ The rhino was also a father, an innocent father that was killed because of the negligence of an idiotic and wreckless human. Quite frankly if he is an example of a father, his children would be better as orphans!

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-03-28 19:17

      @irene pls don't compare a man with an animal, is a stupid words.@barend short temperd proves exactly your IQ..i can't use name tag 4 u..

      Irene - 2012-03-28 19:36

      Phosa ~ That's rather subjective because it depends on the type or calibre of human involved. If one has to compare the rhino's reasoning abilities and basic logic to someone like yourself or your bruddahs, the rhino would win hands down.

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-03-28 18:18

    Thanx de driver is kicking, (a father to someone).why shuld people worry about de rhino dan a human..pathetic at its best..give de man dat horn.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-28 18:31

      ha ha ha...rhino are becoming more valuable than human beings these days thanks to the chinese high mojo demand...

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-03-28 18:21

    Oh , so they are no more using guns to poach rhinos.

  • Jabu - 2012-03-28 18:30

    Where is the horn?

      zezethu.zeze.mkondweni - 2012-03-28 19:08

      Lmao! Dude r u serious?

  • Frans Van der Poll - 2012-03-28 18:30

    Ask yourselves- did the rhino look right, left and right again before crossing the road?

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-03-28 19:13

    Lol, they don't call greed one of the 7 cardinal sins for nothing. All some people are thinking about is that horn!

  • rmuthuphei - 2012-03-28 21:50


  • Yolanda Janse van Vuuren - 2012-03-29 04:12

    i think the driver should be held responsible. and not just a slap on the wrist.

  • faannagel - 2012-03-29 08:25

    Please stick to the topic people..

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