Cape Town – Despite a shocking increase in poaching of rhinos in SA, the head of The South African National Parks (SANParks) said that the population is in no danger of extinction – for now.
In a statement on Thursday, SANParks said rhino poaching continues to escalate at “an unprecedented rate” since the beginning of [...]
A rhino DNA sample kit is expected to help prosecutors be even tougher on those caught with rhino horns.
If DNA tests positively link a horn to a specific rhino carcass, suspects will no longer get away with only a charge of possession, they will also be charged with the illegal hunting of rhino and theft.
Johannesburg – Five people believed to be rhino poachers were arrested in Ophathe Game Reserve near Ulundi, Ezemvelo Wildlife said on Monday.
“The arrests were the result of months of patient investigation by a team of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff and SAPS members,” said Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife chief operating officer Bandile Mkhize in a statement.
He said [...]
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Port Elizabeth – While Limpopo’s rhino poaching case has the country up in arms, Eastern Cape conservationists are getting nervous about the safety of rhinos in their province.
“In cases like this it’s never just one syndicate that is operational,” explained Sybert Liebenberg, acting head of the EC Parks and Tourism Agency.
But there [...]
The Endangered Wildlife Trust says so far 209 rhinos have been poached.
Carcasses of four white rhinos and one black rhino were discovered yesterday at the Pilanesburg Nature Reserve in the North West. According to the Captain Adele Myburgh, from the North West Police, the carcasses were discovered during a helicopter “routine check”. “One of the [...]