SANParks selling theatened white rhino

2014-10-05 14:06

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Johannesburg - After months of confusion and contradiction over the removal of Kruger rhino, the South African National Parks (SANParks) has confirmed that the rescue mission will get under way before the end of this month.

According to a Sunday Times report, the SANParks board decided last week to sell white rhino on auction and start moving them to safety as soon as possible.

This moves comes after record poaching figures were recorded in September when in a single week, 30 rhino carcasses were found in the southern section of the Kruger Park. The park has lost a total of 531 rhino this year alone.

According to Kuseni Dlamini, SANParks’ board chairperson, they are ready to move the rhino and to implement their rhino management strategy. A SANParks advert in the Sunday Time’s Business Report today also invites buyers to bid to purchase rhino.

This comes after he vehemently denied reports in July that Kruger rhinos would be sold and moved.
Last week, News24 reported that processes to enable the relocation of some of the Kruger National Park's white rhino have begun.

This followed a rhino management strategy adopted by Cabinet in August to curb poaching.

The plan would involve moving some rhino from the Kruger National Park to create "rhino strongholds" in other parts of the country, ensuring population growth.

Rhino would also be relocated from high-risk parts of the park, and from areas where there was a high population density, to lower-risk zones in the park and to other parks.

"We aim to re-stimulate growth in large protected areas while creating new rhino strongholds. In this way, we will be able to offset the effects of poaching in the short to medium-term, while expanding rhino range and improving the overall population size."

Auctioning rhino in line with the management strategy would take place later in the year, he said.

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