“Where have they all gone?” – rhinos

white rhinos, Hluhluwe

white rhinos, Hluhluwe

Rhinos.  Will rhinos be gone from Kruger Park by 2020?.  This IOL News Jan. 6 article by Simon Bloch and Ivor Powell reviews a journal publication by Dr Sam Ferreira, large mammal ecologist for SANParks at Kruger National Park.  From previous posts you know that I am aware of the rhino poaching problem in southern Africa, more than 600 last year.  Poaching rates have increased, 48% higher in Kruger Park in 2012 than 2011.  The Western Black Rhinocerus subspecies, officially declared in 2011 to be extinct.  The last known specimen of the Asian rhinocerus, killed in Viet Nam in 2010.  Only 4 rhinos may still survive in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, alleged to be collateral damage from Chinese mining concessions and the influx of Asian immigrants in that country.  Read about the poaching links to “The Crocodile” Emmerson Mnangagwa also referred to as “The Butcher of Matabeleland”.  The architect of Zimbabwe’s state security and creator of Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Office – possible in line for president after Robert Mugabe.  I stumbled across this article accidentally when I was looking for an update about pollution related Kruger Park crocodile deaths in 2010 and 2011 and thinking of anthrax killing off hippos – posts for another day.  I post this here, hoping that the article will not be lost in the tsunami of daily news and that the data will not remain buried in scientific journals.

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