Rhino owners start own protection unit

2012-02-13 07:45

Johannesburg - Private rhino owners in Limpopo have taken the protection of the endangered animals into their own hands by starting an anti-poaching unit.

SABC news reports that the Limpopo Province Private Rhino Owners are training volunteers as rangers in order to respond to a range of situations.

The unit will operate according to a schedule and a certain number of volunteers will be on duty each night.

At Palala Rhino Sanctuary there are four white rhino. One is pregnant and weeks away from giving birth to her second calf.

There is increased concern at the escalation of rhino poaching in the country - 45 rhino have already been poached in the 44 days of the year.

  • John - 2012-02-13 07:53

    DA welcomes the idea! Just carefull with volunteers. You might get the real poachers inside.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-13 08:29

    Go for it, its the only way forward as it seems the authorities couldn't care less. They'll probably start their mouthing off when poachers start getting shot.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-02-13 09:03

      I am afraid that you may be correct there Nicholas, it is the criminals that are allowed to shoot, but once we shoot in self-defence or protect our stock/property/families from being raped etc, then it is us that end up in jail! The criminals rule this country period! History is proof of this. We are disarmed so that the criminals can be armed! We cannot even protect ourselves or our property anymore!

  • OhbiZz - 2012-02-13 10:06

    Admirable initiative...but I'm wondering who did they expect to protect their private rhinos? I'd assume they keep them in their private land #Puzzled

      Ivan - 2012-02-13 11:11

      If our military and police didn't have their heads so far up their anus's that they haven't seen the light in 17 years we would not need to set up these initiatives. Rhinos are a national treasure and deserve maximum protection no matter where they are located.

      Peter - 2012-02-13 12:32

      Who do you expect to help you protect your private property OhbiZz? Agreed, some of the responsibility is yours - but it helps an enormous amount if the police and conservation authorities do their bit as well. Unfortunately they don't, hence we all have to spend a fortune trying to protect our own things.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-13 10:10

    Kudos to News 24 for giving out locations - care to draw them a map next time?

      Peter - 2012-02-13 12:34

      Very bright of them ... next article will be about poached rhino at Palala.

  • Moss - 2012-02-13 10:33

    Mapogo a mathamage is the solution here......

  • Gideon - 2012-02-13 10:35

    Begin to Fight Back!

  • Martin - 2012-02-13 10:56

    let the public donate towards this cause

      Cosmic - 2012-02-13 11:39

  • Willem - 2012-02-13 17:37

    Why must people volunteer to protect rich peoples assets? Why do they not pay to have their assets protected?

      manningi1 - 2012-04-19 09:37

      They do. Massively. But you don't have conscription in this contry so no one can be forced to do a job they don't want to.

  • Johnson - 2012-02-15 06:37

    Way to go ! - shoot and ask questions later - just let us know how we can help

  • Heather - 2012-02-15 08:40

    Using music, musicians and music lover's as a conduit, I'm hoping to raise local and international awareness to the massive rhino poaching problem in South Africa. Over 400 rhino's were "officially" reported poached in 2011, goodness knows how many went un-reported. One only has to Google "rhino poaching" in "Google Images" to see the horrific images of our butchered rhino's. To this end, I have designed and hand-made an all-African "get our rhino out of jail" acoustic guitar. The original design and construction is 100% South African. The body and neck construction is (unusually) all-mahogany, in this case African sapele mahogany. The hallmark of this type of guitar is a beautifully rich, but precise sound. This guitar is no different, it sounds gorgeous. I will have sound bytes and videos available soon. The concept is thus, I will take e-mail offers on this original guitar, the guitar will go to the highest* bidder and ALL the proceeds of the selling price will be donated to various "save the rhino" organisations. This information is being sent to musicians, music instrument dealers and magazines in South Africa and around the world. I'm asking editors and other media to please assist in getting the word out. The guitar will feature at a EWT concert later this week. Regards, Murray Kuun * this amount should be commensurate with typically hand-built boutique guitars.

  • Amanda - 2012-02-23 09:18

    Go for it!!!

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