S.African rangers kill poachers in Kruger park

Jan 12, 2012
South Africa has beefed up security in Kruger National Park
A ranger on night patrol in South Africa's Kruger National Park in 2011. Authorities have killed two suspected poachers, arrested two others and found 11 rhino carcasses in the same area of South Africa's Kruger National Park in one week, a spokesman said Thursday.

Authorities have killed two suspected poachers, arrested two others and found 11 rhino carcasses in the same area of South Africa's Kruger National Park in one week, a spokesman said Thursday.

"Our rangers were conducting a routine anti-poaching operation on Wednesday night when they came across suspected ," said park spokesman Reynold Thakuli. "A gunfight ensued and two of them were shot dead.

He said the others managed to flee, and that they were suspected to have escaped across the border to Mozambique.

Anther two poachers were arrested on Thursday, he said. Three more dead rhinos were also found, just two days after the discovery of eight carcasses in the same area.

Kruger, one of South Africa's top tourist destinations, has been hit hard by poachers, with 252 rhinos killed there in 2011 -- more than half the estimated 450 killed last year across South Africa. The 2010 figure was 333.

The country has beefed up security inside the park, with soldiers deployed to assist rangers.

Poachers are using high-powered weapons and veterinary tranquilisers to dart before hacking off their horns.

"The men carried hunting rifles, axes and other weapons," said Thakuli.

The dramatic spike in rhino killings has been driven by demand for its use in Asian , especially in China and Vietnam, where it is believed to cure cancer despite scientific evidence to the contrary.

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2.7 / 5 (7) Jan 12, 2012
Perhaps enterprising ex-special forces, army rangers, etc would like to arrange anti-poacher safaris for idle rich adventurers? Hunt poachers on your next vacation.

Or at least finance mercenaries to hunt them in unofficial cooperation with local authorities? How else are you going to stop this? Mossad-like hit teams on oriental trafficers?
5 / 5 (1) Jan 12, 2012
Why not just flood the market with fake rhino horn ?

I 'gree there is no simple answer here, but aren't Chinese people eating fake eggs and rice these days ?

Why the demand for something real ?
1.6 / 5 (7) Jan 12, 2012
Good, I'm glad that this happened. Something has to happen to stop these guys from doing the wrong thing. Maybe next time they'll get the message.
1 / 5 (1) Jan 12, 2012
Why not to farm the rhinos for their horns? It would save many animals living in wild.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 12, 2012
Why the demand for something real ?

Beacause the rich have so much money that they don't know what to do with it. So exotic/rare/illegal kicks is all that is left.

Fake substitutes (in any area...even if superior in efficacy) won't do.

This is a psychological problem - not a problem of the quality of the product.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 13, 2012
This traditional medicine crap results in the death of so many threatened species. Disgusting.
5 / 5 (1) Jan 13, 2012

Fake substitutes (in any area...even if superior in efficacy) won't do.

This is a psychological problem - not a problem of the quality of the product.

Most of 'em don't know chicken shit from chicken salad, AP. I've watched rich fools spending money eating in " Fine dining " restaurants for years. 99% of them can't tell the difference between tap water ot bottled water, or dyed Chinese truffles and real French or Italian grown truffles, or Paddlefish caviar from sturgeon roe, etc, etc, ...etc.

It is in the mind, like you say, that's why I say flood the market with fake product. They won't know the difference.

It's not to stop people from believing their brand of Rx works, that's very important, but to prevent losing another species for no good reason.

For that matter, I would think we are on the verge of being able to grow the material anyhoo.

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