Vultures lead rangers to rhino carcasses

2012-03-07 18:14

Johannesburg - The carcasses of three white rhino believed to have been shot by poachers have been found in Limpopo, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

The carcasses were found on Monday and Tuesday.

A patrolling ranger spotted vultures in the sky and on searching the area found the carcass of a white rhino bull at Letaba Ranch, between Tzaneen and Phalaborwa, spokesperson McIntosh Polela said.

"The rhino is believed to have been killed about a week ago. Its horn has been removed."

Polela said investigations revealed a gunshot wound behind the right ear but said no empty cartridges were found at the scene.

The carcasses of two pregnant white rhino cows were discovered by rangers on routine patrol at Hannah Lodge in Ohrigstad, Polela said.

"The rhino have several gunshot wounds, but their horns have not been removed. Our suspicion is that the poachers were probably disturbed and ran away without taking the horns."

He said investigations were being conducted to determine the exact circumstances around the killing of all three rhino and to catch the people involved.

More than 80 rhino have been killed so far this year.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-07 18:31


  • Poloyatonki - 2012-03-07 18:35

    What will this F&%ken poachers do after they killed all the rhinos, i hope they turn the F&%ken guns towards themselves.

  • Chalkie - 2012-03-07 18:51

    Disgusting... More than 80 rhino killed in 67 days. Poachers should be shot on sight to save the taxpayer money and save the rhino too.

  • Roelof - 2012-03-07 19:13

    All poachers must be de-horned.

      Grimett - 2012-03-07 20:54

      ja, and the next headline should read- Vultures lead rangers to poachers de-horned corpses.

  • Mark Oelofse - 2012-03-07 19:16

    80 Rhino in 67 days. Will the madness ever stop?

      Jae - 2012-03-07 19:57

      Only after the last one drops!

      Boer - 2012-03-08 01:05

      Which is only a matter of time.

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-07 20:06

    I have commented on this forum so much about the rhino poaching already and how serious I take it, but don't know what to do or say anymore! Our most wonderful majestic animals that are very close to my heart are being taken right from under our eyes because of some mother f......s that have penile dysfunction. I don't know what to say anymore, all I can say is I hope that I hope that one day, with all the new revitalized interest, technology and input from America and the rest of the world as well as the public's continued financial support, that things can start changing faster than it really is! I don't really see any progress yet, albeit lots of high-tech stuff being introduced to curb this, I still set aside my last bit of hope for progress. Fight fire with fire pleeeeeeeease!!! The South African public wants to start seeing real progress - I would also like to know, besides financial involvement, how can the public get involved? I would love to know the answer to this!

      Dianna - 2012-03-16 10:03

      Sean I feel so strongly about this as well that if there was a call to arm ourselves - take some leave and put time in in the veld to guard them - I'd be the first to volunteer ! It sickens me to the core of my being that these beautiful majestic animals are being so vandalized with no regard for their future ! I refuse to believe that our Creator will allow this wholesale slaughter to continue unabated.

  • Vic - 2012-03-07 20:30

    Until all illegal Chinese (and other illegal foreigners) are deported, sadly, rhino poaching will continue. They should be compelled to carry ID's, Visa etc on them at all times. Immigration laws should be tightened.

      Bibi - 2012-03-08 07:59

      I agree, the chinese use petty criminals all over Africa to do all sorts of contract work and mining and those guys never go back.

  • noel.scherman1 - 2012-03-07 21:07

    Sean, I agree with you fully. Perhaps we the public should get more involved - with personal involvement. I am not talking about taking the law into our own hands - although that is not a bad idea in this case - what I mean is some kind of active forum. Ideas anyone? How do we "launch" something like this?

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-07 21:29

    Please cut and past this onto your browser and see one way in which we can not only contribute to the Rhino conservation Trust, but also make a very good sound investment as well. I am not an agent for any retailer, it is purely a suggestion if you are really interested in contributing to saving our majestic Rhinos before it is too late! I have bought a set and thus a contributed to the trust and i still have my money invested and can only grow if left a couple of years or one could resell and get your money back.

  • Mabs - 2012-03-08 00:26

    How many are left in SA? Need to be all rounded up and kept in a high security place so they can breed.

      Amanda - 2012-03-10 08:34

      one of our honorable ministers was on TV a week ago, discussing the killings and she was not at all perturbed about the slaughter as there are still a few thousand in the Kruger Park!

  • Arlene - 2012-03-08 07:12

    What the bastards! Not only was it three Rhino but potentially two additional baby Rhino's.. What a huge loss....

  • Bibi - 2012-03-08 07:58

    Sad, sad, sad. what will these little people with their low libido's and self esteem use when there are no rhino's left.

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