Rhino poachers take aim at Kruger Park

2012-04-13 22:28

Johannesburg - A total of 171 rhinos have been poached between January and April this year, the environmental affairs department said on Friday.

"According to statistics, rhino poachers are targeting the Kruger National Park, where 103 rhinos have been killed," department spokesman Albi Modise said in a statement.

Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and North West were also a prime focus for poachers, with a total of 58 rhinos killed in the three provinces.

Modise said 23 rhinos were killed in Limpopo, 18 in KwaZulu-Natal and 17 in North West. Another 10 rhinos were killed elsewhere in the country.

"The department wishes to once again urge South Africans to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and the prevention of illegal killing, to 0800-205-005," he said.

Last year 448 rhinos were killed, and 333 in 2010.

  • christo.stone - 2012-04-13 22:37

    Shoot on site policy needed when facing one needs them...not even the planet.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-14 07:22

      No Christo, not on sight. They must let the public know and it must be televised. I want to watch!

  • Tammy Richie - 2012-04-13 22:43

    this is one of the most heart breaking things i despise poachers with my whole heart

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-13 23:05

    They really want to finish these amazing animals.PITY

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-04-14 01:51

    Very bad pub in the title, a little insensitive...

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  • farmfreund - 2012-04-14 02:16

    wake up Africa, these funny eyes will destroy your heritage......................................... act now

  • mlondozi - 2012-04-14 05:27

    Sadly there will always be some uneducated and impoverished ignoramus that will gladly go and kill a rhino for a paltry sum of money. We need to focus our attention on the trolls that are getting rich from rhino poaching (I am convinced that this carnage is directly connected to people high up in government as well as highly qualified greedy people who have no conscience). Who is supplying the drugs? Who supplies the dart guns and rifles? Who pilots the helicopters and planes? Who transports the horns across our borders? Who pays the poacher? Who sells the horns? Who the f*ck buys the horns? Karma WILL catch up to all these evil people who are selling their souls to the devil for a quick and easy financial fortune! Watch out you trolls because you will get what you deserve... this I know!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-14 07:20

      Perhaps if the horns were treated with something that is harmless to Rhino and toxic to humans, they will stop. If they die after consuming Rhino powder (or whatever) that's their problem. Maybe then they'll stop.

      Gary - 2012-04-14 08:44

      I agree they need to find the oxygen thieves that are the kingpins behind it. If you don't know it is the (mostly) Chinese that buy the horn which by then is in a powder form. They have some laughable belief that it will help their tiny weeners grow bigger and improve their sex life. Sad sad little people.Poison the horn while they are still attached to the Rhino's!!!!!!!!!! As was proposed already, but our spineless government and those pathetic human rights things decided the poor people supporting the illegal trade in rhino horn would end up dying. In this case who cares?????????????? I certainly don't!! Time this pathetic government shows some backbone against these damn Chinese and become heavy handed with the whole situation before its too late. I hope God (forbid IF) Rhinos become extinct that South Africans will make sure the Chinese here become extinct. Because they certainly doing what they like here. Do you think they pay much tax here?? Not by a long shot!! Do you think they feel they should have all the rights that South Africans are entitled to. I'm pretty sure!!

  • Lelanie Leigh Pascheka - 2012-04-14 06:15

    Rhino horn are made of keratin like in human hair and nails...You stupit scum! You kill a majestic animal for protein. Funny-eyed people kill so many animals for its so called healing powers and sexual boost? If rhino horn heals cancer, why does my sister have it and suffer?? You destroy earth. No wonder God hits you with quakes and tsunamis.

      Ian - 2012-04-14 06:24

      YES YES YES, 100%, it just dosent seem to sink in and japan and china goes 'ooooh what did we do wrong, you bastards have done too much to destroy our planet, cant wait for you to get hit again

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-14 07:16

      Their continued plundering of the ocean's whales is going to ensure that the sea rises up and punishes them again - just watch ...

  • Ian - 2012-04-14 06:22

    something is terrible wrong here, there is a national and international e outcry regarding poaching but this government just sits, has money blinded them so much that they dont even care, is the gravy train so much more important than the true meaning of arica, our wildlife, then again these are people who had no problem giving the order to bomb restaurants and banks and public streets, spineless cowards

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-14 07:13

      These Rhino are the heritage of generations to come - their lives are being stolen by greedy killers who feel nothing for their magnificence. The government is not being proactive in protecting them from harm. Poachers should face a firing squad of game rangers right where they've taken the Rhino's lives.

      Ian - 2012-04-14 09:27

      100% Bless, one of my casuals said to me yesterday that the only way we will get to see our animals is on abnk notes, i told him theat this dirty disgusting government even wants to do away with that, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

  • gareth.graybrowne - 2012-04-14 07:21

    Christo I with you on the shoot to kill policy. If it made to the point that a poacher crosses our boarder and DOES not come back the ones left behind will think twice about doing it.

  • Walter - 2012-04-14 07:31

    Trouble is that the government and other "authorities" just talk and do nothing! I am sick to death of the ever-increasing slaughter of our beautiful rhinos and wild-life in general. For God's sake, this bloody government HAS to do something before its too late....... let's collectively vote in a competent party!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-14 07:48

    Probably because the officials are on the take. Wouldn't be surprised.

  • Mary-Ann - 2012-04-14 08:20

    This is THE WORST atrocity that man can commit. May you all burn and rot in hell you scum of the Earth.

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-04-14 08:21

    The very first time that I have ever seen NOT ONE thumbs down about any issue, but this one which is close to all our hearts!

  • Thato - 2012-04-14 08:39

    Over 100 Rhinos have been killed since da beginning of dis year.Rhinos are gradually(slowly) becoming extinct 2 South Africa...this will liv S.A d.vastated 4life!!! \r\n\r\nHit \like\ if u against rhino poaching,u can even \comment\ on diS matter

  • Thato - 2012-04-14 08:40

    Over 100 Rhinos have been killed since da beginning of dis year.Rhinos are gradually(slowly) becoming extinct 2 South Africa...this will liv S.A d.vastated 4life!!! \r\n\r\nHit \like\ if u against rhino poaching,u can even \comment\ on diS matter

  • Thato - 2012-04-14 08:40

    Over 100 Rhinos have been killed since da beginning of dis year.Rhinos are gradually(slowly) becoming extinct 2 South Africa...this will liv S.A d.vastated 4life!!! \r\n\r\nHit \like\ if u against rhino poaching,u can even \comment\ on diS matter

  • Jayson - 2012-04-14 09:14

    Our game rangers and anti poaching units are the unsung hero's of this sad story. Yes we are losing Rhinos,,,but to consider the vast areas these guys have to cover. And the relentless efforts of these bastard parasite poachers who are so devious and cunning. I say one up to our guys. Please continue doing what you do. I for one support you all the way.

  • Ian - 2012-04-14 09:28

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke) unfortunately there is no good in our leaders, just greed and corruption, I would love to know how much the chinks paid them to look the other way

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-04-14 14:58

      Now you are getting to the heart of the matter: if there were no BUYERS there would be no poachers. Surely someone is looking the other way!

  • Lloyd - 2012-04-14 09:45

    Come on man, sort this out already!!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-14 11:37

    who are the ministers of tourism, foreign affairs/int relations and conservation? (i might well have the names wrong because I can't be bothered by politics). Have these people ever said /done anything regarding this tragedy? I can't recall anything?

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-15 01:51

      I dont want to be seen as a troll but scientifically there have been millions of species, fauna and flora which have over time become extinct. It is a natural process that species come, thrive for a few hundred thousand years and then become extinct. Man has been responsible for the extinction of eg. the Dodo, Mamoths,Giant Sloths, and too many others to mention. Very few survived the KT periosd at which time 99% of all living species, animals and plants survived. New and strange species evolved over the last 60 million years. Man has only been on this planet for the last 400,OOO years which is only a blink of an eye. My point is that most species will go extinct sooner or later and even humans will probably not last for more than perhaps a million years and by that time we will have evolved into a completely different species. I hate the poaching and slautering of rhinos and any other threatened and protected life but being realistic, one has got to realize that no matter how much we protect these treasures, they will, together with other life forms just be history. Lets enjoy sharing this planet with them while we can and protect them as much and as long as possible and take no prisoners when these poachers are caught.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-15 04:43

      Alan - Your comment is not so "smart" after all - how can you reason like that? We are living in the 21st century where us humans can put a stop to this! Are you stuck in the dinosaur period!????? You are an idiot!

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-14 12:03

    It is not the prevention of poaching of poaching we're combating; it is war. In war, things are not done the conventional way because that would not work, as it is not working now. I promise to attend the funeral of each poacher and each soldier that falls if this is handled according to normal practices pursued in warfare.

  • vanitaheksie - 2012-04-14 12:04

    Heartless scum that's what they are!! Hope one day while you sit on your fat asses, your child ask you what's a rhino, coz you took this beautiful privilege and even a free one from africa, and our future children!! Rot in hell! If I can find even just one of you I would chop your legs off and watch your pain! The poachers should go instinct not the rhino's!!

  • Grace - 2012-04-14 12:19

    I say when the poachers are caught cut their horns off... A horn for a horn!

  • Refiloe - 2012-04-14 13:16

    Thats A lot wow speechless.

  • Refiloe - 2012-04-14 13:17

    Thats A lot wow speechless.

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-15 04:29

    Here's a tip - Kill all poachers on site - no questions - no answers - no waisting tax-payer's money going through the judiciary process when we all know that poachers were there for a pre-meditated reason, to kill our precious rhinos!!!!

  • SA - 2012-04-15 10:47

    Rhino poaching must be stopped at once. South Africa has one of the worlds biggest Rhino populations in the world - these animals are part of what attacks millions of tourists to our beautiful country each year. It must be noted that this problem has increase hundred fold since the Kruger Park opened the parks boarder with Mozambique. Our boards should be closed down and the military, police and parks board officer should increase patrols, use helicopters and automatic weapons to fight poaching in SA. Each and every incident of poaching should be seen as a national tragedy and the government should declare a state of emergency regarding all poaching in South Africa.

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-15 16:39

    Kruger is an ideal poaching destination, as the surrounding area's in the south are infested with the most corrupt people on the planet. The police are non existent, they are just one big criminal cartel.

  • Marie-Louise - 2012-04-17 08:59

    This is a reactive approach - by the time the tip off happens the Rhinos are poached!

  • Michael - 2012-05-08 11:27

    I agree...many are funded through the chinese in mocambique

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