Wounded rhino dies after escape

2012-03-22 13:10

Pietermaritzburg - Poachers who slaughtered and dehorned two white rhino in the Ezemvelo-controlled Weenen game reserve this month are also believed to be responsible for the death of a third white rhino.

Its carcass was recovered in the reserve late last week.

The horns of the third rhino were not removed, but investigators established that the animal had been shot and wounded in its shoulder and probably died a slow death after managing to escape from the poachers.

The hunt for the poachers is continuing amid gloomy reports that the toll of rhino poached countrywide this year has risen to 135 already.

The Kruger National Park has lost 75 rhino to poachers since the beginning of the year, department of environmental affairs spokesperson Albi Modise revealed this week. The second highest number of rhino slain by poachers is in KwaZulu-Natal with 18, Limpopo with 17 and the North West Province with 15.

The report said South Africa lost 448 rhino to illegal hunting and trade in rhino horn last year.

Modise said the department was encouraged by an increasing number of arrests and convictions this year to counter rhino poaching. He added that 89 people were arrested for illegal activities involving rhino horns across the country since January.

Colonel Vishnu Naidoo reported that a game reserve manager, Walter Nkuna, 40, who is believed to be linked to rhino poaching, shot and killed himself at Thabazimbi in Limpopo when police began to move in on him this week.

  • Skye - 2012-03-22 18:01

    they should just catch the poachers dead or alive or at least give them a life sentance this is a murder!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Swayseeker - 2012-03-23 09:22

    One way is to alert people of the possibility of deadly rat urine on rhino horns. See

  • edson.zandamela - 2012-03-23 14:54


  • Franklyn - 2012-03-26 10:40

    The Rhino horn is ONLY of any use to the original owner and has NO medicinal properties for crying out loud,it is made of hair essentially and you would get the same supposed medicinal benefits if you chewed your nails,if anyone who uses the horns powder reads this then please get yourself an education...and help end this pathetic slaughter of one of our magnificent animals.

  • trixie.stathakis.osterloh - 2012-03-26 10:45

    I hate humans.

  • philippa.vanzyl - 2012-09-06 10:17

    I am totally shocked and Apauled at this story of the 3 Rhino, infact im sure its the 3 Rhino i saw standing on the side of the road enroute to Escourt from Weenen (when u go through the game reserve section) My husband and i were extremely concerned that they were there, so beautiful so voungerable, We both thought this was very strange and with all the "protection of rhinos" they should not have been there, one has to ask Why were they there.......... this now seems so suspicious there were 4 rhino in total. i think people need to start investigating what is actually going on in that Game reserve they are only now starting to recover from near disaster with their bone dry dam situation and not having water, if it was not for the private sector interveaning who knows what other losses they would now be experiencing. This situation needs to be delt with.

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