Sunday, 25 March 2012

Rhino wars - 21st March

135 rhinos killed so far in 2012 – 75 killed in Kruger NP
March 2012. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs is concerned about the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching. To date, a total of 135 rhinos have been killed for the illegal trade in rhino horn.
However, the department is encouraged by the increasing number of arrests and convictions made so far to counter rhino poaching. Since January 2012, a total of 89 suspects have been arrested and others have already been sentenced and are serving prison terms.
Kruger National Park continues to be the biggest victim of the senseless rhino killing. Last week, a suspected poacher was shot dead in the Kruger National Park and two suspects were arrested. In addition, a fifth KNP official stationed at the Pretoriuskop section of the park has been arrested.
SANParks in conjunction with the police are working flat out to determine if links exist between other internal suspects in relation to the two rhino killed in Pretoriuskop last month. A total of 75 rhinos have been lost to poaching in the Kruger National Park this year.
Game farm manager suspected of rhino poaching - Found dead
A 40-year-old Game Reserve farm manger, Mr Walter Nkuna, was found at dead Atherstone Nature Reserve reserve in Limpopo. It is alleged that he let a poaching gang kill 5 rhinos on the reserve in the last week.

Police were following leads of rhino poaching after a rhino was killed at the game farm. The police were about to confront the suspect when he was found dead and a firearm was found next to his body. It is thought that he ended his life when police were about to arrest him.

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