158 rhino killed in S.Africa since start of year

Mar 15, 2013
A black rhinoceros at the Bona Bona Game Reseve, 200 kms southeast of Johannesburg. Poachers have killed 158 rhinos in South Africa's national parks since the beginning of the year, a rate of more than two a day, environment officials say.

Poachers have killed 158 rhinos in South Africa's national parks since the beginning of the year, a rate of more than two a day, environment officials said on Friday.

The vast which borders Mozambique has registered 116 killings, despite beefed up anti-poaching initiatives by park authorities.

In December, Kruger acquired a military aircraft equipped with sophisticated to detect .

"A total of 61 people have been arrested, 38 of them alleged poachers and three alleged couriers," said a statement.

Parks in the mining province of North West and the eastern KwaZulu-Natal reported 12 and nine killings respectively.

Poaching figures have reached alarming levels. Only 13 rhino were killed in 2007.

Amid the crisis, the South African government is mulling the legalisation of rhino horn trade in a bid to curb the slaughter.

South Africa has had a moratorium on rhino horn sales since 2009.

Rhino poaching is driven by a booming demand for their horns in the Asian black market where the fingernail-like substance is falsely believed to have powerful healing properties.

Explore further: How can we avoid kelp beds turning into barren grounds?

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

S.African rangers kill poachers in Kruger park

Jan 12, 2012

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.

South Africa rhino poaching hits record: WWF

Nov 03, 2011

Rhino poaching in South Africa has hit a new record high, with 341 of the animals lost to poachers so far this year as black-market demand for rhino horn soars, wildlife group WWF said Thursday.

Recommended for you

How can we avoid kelp beds turning into barren grounds?

18 hours ago

Urchins are marine invertebrates that mould the biological richness of marine grounds. However, an excessive proliferation of urchins may also have severe ecological consequences on marine grounds as they ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

TheGhostofOtto1923
2 / 5 (4) Mar 15, 2013
Who wouldnt want to hunt poachers? How many rich people out there with a conscience and a taste for adventure, wouldnt want to strap on some halo gear, launch a few drones, and do some good in the world?

Come on, mobilize. Youll be saving rhinos and reducing the population constructively.
packrat
4.2 / 5 (5) Mar 15, 2013
You know Ghost, this is one time I really agree with you... stop arresting them and just start shooting them on sight!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.