Rhinos – 188 killed so far this year, 135 in Kruger Park

Smilebox_3311257579Reports from South Africa indicate the ongoing scope and sophistication of unrelenting rhino poaching.  The remaining population is estimated to be 18,000 white rhinos and 5000 black rhinos.  Rangers shot and killed 3 suspected poachers this week.  The South African military assists in anti-poaching patrols.  It is not without risk.  5 air force members were killed in a helicopter patrol of Kruger Park this past week.  The cause of the crash is under investigation.  Poaching is not limited to Africa.  Check out this story about potential rhino poaching in…  England!

Update, April 3, 2013.  Poaching has now exceeded 200 rhinos in South Africa this year.  Meanwhile, Sabi Sand Game Reserve is injecting rhino horns with pink dye and non lethal chemicals that will make rhino horn powder users sick.


One thought on “Rhinos – 188 killed so far this year, 135 in Kruger Park

  1. It does seem to be a spiralling epidemic. I only ever seem to hear bad news in relation to the rhino poaching problem 😦 The chemical injecting of horns sounds like a innovative solution; here’s hoping it has an impact.


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