Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Tanzania: Rhino and Calf Killed in Serengeti National Park

A rhino and her calf have reportedly been found dead, with their horns hacked off, in the Moru area of Serengeti National Park.

According to, the tragedy occurred “between last month and early this month” and apparently went unnoticed by rangers for several days.

Member of Parliament Mr. Kebwe Steven Kebwe wants the government to investigate the matter.

It is surprising that these two rhinos were killed but the rangers on duty did not notice the incident until several days later. This is quite unusual and government should investigate the matter.

He added that the rhinos had been fitted with warning devices.

These devices set off an alarm whenever a human being gets into the radius of at least some 600 metres from the animals. I am upset this latest incident went unnoticed.

This is the third reported incident in Serengeti National Park since the killing of a black rhino named “George” in November 2010. Four suspects were later arrested.

George was one of five eastern black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) that had been translocated from South Africa in May 2010, as part of the Serengeti Black Rhino Repatriation Project sponsored by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Nduna Foundation and the Wildlife Without Borders program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

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