September 2015

Eight rhinos poached during 'Supermoon'

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The media has reported devastating news from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, that eight rhinos were killed during three separate poaching incidents in the Park during the last weekend in September.

Another rhino was attacked but survived and is undergoing treatment. The poachers seemed to take advantage of the particularly bright supermoon. Unfortunately full moons mean brightened skies, allowing poachers to operate without the need for torches which could disclose their position.

The Zululand Observer reported that no weapons have been recovered from any of the crime scenes but the KwaJobe Community Forum apprehended one suspected poacher. Full investigations will be taking place to investigate the poaching incidents. 

Criminal syndicates are using ever more sophisticated techniques to dehorn rhinos including the use of tranquilliser darts which are quieter than gun shots. It is becoming ever more challenging for the rangers on the ground to tackle the rising poaching threat.

The latest figures from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs state that 749 rhinos have been poached in South Africa up until 27 August 2015.

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Sources

The Zululand Observer - Hluhluwe rhino death toll rises to 8 

(1) Comments

  • Lee Wild
    02 October 2015, 18:17

    Please please put a stop to this slaughter. This problem is a discrace to the human race. Anyone caught committing these acts should be tortured and then skewered and killed with their so called aphrodisiac trophy. Also why can the rhino be farmed and their horns just trimmed off but allowed to live. The scumbags responsible for these atrocities are disgusting human beings as was the American dentist for killing the lion a few months ago. Give me a rifle and I will gladly hunt down these poachers for free and take great delight in revenge

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