Poachers kill 32 S. African rhinos this year

Jan 23, 2013
A soldier from the South African National Defence Force participates in a night patrol exercice against rhino poachers on July 19, 2011. Poachers have slaughtered 32 South African rhinos in the first three weeks of 2013, marking a disturbing start to the year for a country battling crisis level killings of the beast, government said Wednesday.

Poachers have slaughtered 32 South African rhinos in the first three weeks of 2013, marking a disturbing start to the year for a country battling crisis level killings of the beast, government said Wednesday.

A record 668 were killed last year, most of them in the vast and the country's top safari destination, .

A white female rhinoceros that was raised at a South African farm is pictured on February 2, 2012, the day of her arrival at the Amneville zoo, in eastern France. A record 668 rhinos were killed last year, most of them in the vast wildlife reserve and South Africa's top safari destination, Kruger National Park.

The killings continue despite the deployment of soldiers and a surveillance aircraft in the two-million-hectare (five-million-acre) Kruger Park.

Rhinos are victims of surging demand for their horns in some Asian countries where it is thought to have medicinal properties, although the claim is widely discredited.

South Africa and Vietnam last year signed a deal to tackle the trade and several Asian nationals have been arrested for involvement in poaching.

The number of rhinos poached in the country has shot to dizzying levels over the last five years, from 13 in 2007 to 448 in 2011, and 668 last year.

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KalinForScience
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 23, 2013
it is obvious that the defence efforts are not adequate... The SA government should allocate more resources and if it is financially not capable of doing so, it must be shouldered by the wealthy countries. Because the rhinos are our common heritage, we all love to watch them in documentaries and the zoo, and those lucky enough - in the wild. 30 rhinos murdered and just within 3 weeks - this is appalling - as I said, it signifies low efficiency of the park rangers' defense strategy. But I am also amazed by how bold the poachers are - as far as I am familiar with, the rangers are authorised to shoot poachers down on site (which is good), and yet, this does not stop them!!! Decisive, firm actions are needed... and if more money are needed, wealthy governments should not be just observers but do something.
Sinister1811
1.5 / 5 (8) Jan 23, 2013
Brainless. And what are they going to hunt when the Rhinos are extinct?
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.6 / 5 (7) Jan 24, 2013
"The killings continue despite the deployment of soldiers and a surveillance aircraft in the two-million-hectare (five-million-acre) Kruger Park."

-Just for comparison, the ponderosa was over 600,000 acres. No problem for ben, 3 sons, and a few ranch hands.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.6 / 5 (7) Jan 24, 2013
Hop sing did get caught with a bunch of grizzly gall bladders in that one episode. But back then killing them was encouraged (grizzlies, not Chinese that is). Killing Chinese was ok in 'Kung fu' however.

Oop I did not mean to post this one. Sorry.