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Rhino reward of R100 000 in KZN

2012-10-22 22:21

Durban - A R100 000 reward has been offered by Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife for the capture of the poachers who killed and dehorned a rhino in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park at the weekend.

In a statement released on Monday, the park’s chief executive Andrew Zaloumis said the carcass of the rhino was discovered in the Ozabeni section of the park in northern KwaZulu-Natal by a patrol.

"Both horns were very crudely removed. We are incensed by the senseless killing of this rhino," he said.

Tony Conway, the park’s Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife co-ordinator, said a R100 000 reward was being offered to anyone who provided information leading to the poachers' arrest and conviction.

The latest rhino fatality brings to 57 the number of rhino killed by poachers in KwaZulu-Natal. Nationally, the figure stands at 456 rhino killed since the beginning of the year.

This is the sixth rhino poached in the park in the past 24 months.

A rhino was poached in the Western Shores section of iSimangaliso about seven days ago.

"Destroying endangered species is an ecological and economic crime. Not only are rhino part of our collective national heritage, [but] the presence of wildlife is a vital resource for the country and region," said Zaloumis.

"In a region marked by poverty, tourism and conservation are the biggest employers on which families’ survival and paying school fees depend."

Comments
  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-22 23:09

    They will be killing each other to get to this money, well done money "talks" lets get the info on these Rhino murderers, cause I think a lot of them are inside jobs

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-23 00:16

    About time!

  • willem.louw1 - 2012-10-23 01:43

    Why don't you just offer the reward for the first one that will eliminate his brother in crime? We do not want them in jail where it will cost taxpayers money to feed the B@stards! We want them as dead as the Rhino they destroyed.

  • Mabu Sokhulu - 2012-10-23 01:56

    Why killing of innocent animals for ur personal & selfish reasons Government need to intervene in ensuring safety of these species we need them.

  • harald.voney - 2012-10-23 08:29

    Death penalty for the poachers...

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-23 10:56

    How much is the horn...I think they should remove horns from male rangers too.

  • rebecca.zandvliet - 2012-10-23 11:07

    A reward, that's a great idea!

  • paul.bester1 - 2012-10-23 11:22

    Great idea, but I'm thinking you guys killed the rhino so that you have yet another wild animal to donate to the zulu king. A**holes...

  • darryl.maze.5 - 2012-10-23 11:29

    Just give me a 50cal snipers rifle and I will shoot these poachers. I'd rather these poachers be dead than caught and go through you pathetic justic system. They deserve to be shot.

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