Rhino horns belong on their heads!

by Naomi on July 17, 2010

in Bulletin Board, Wildlife

How does a human stoop so low as to slaughter an animal simply to feed their own greed?

It appears that a cartel of poachers has been doing exactly this, close to Johannesburg, by raiding the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve by helicopter at night. They’ve been killing rhino’s, hacking off their horns with chainsaws, and leaving their young distraught and defenceless, if not dead too.

Game rangers took many hours to find the nine-month-old calf of the most recent victim. He has been moved to a camp with other orphaned rhino’s, in part to alleviate his trauma and loneliness, which rhino’s have been rumoured to die from.

About six weeks ago a pregnant rhino and her calf were massacred in the same reserve, for the same reason: to supply the illegal market for rhino horn. A single one is said to fetch around $1,000,000 in China.

There are no adult rhino’s remaining in this park now, but for the record, here is a photo of a youngster that Dave took some time ago:

WHITE RHINO - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

. . . and a close-up of the object of such insanity:

WHITE RHINO HORN - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is not the only place to be targeted. Four men were arrested earlier this week, after being caught with two freshly-axed rhino horns in the Kruger National Park. These attacks reportedly bring the total for this year alone in South Africa to 126, prompting an appeal from the Private Rhino Owners Association to the public to take a stand against poaching.

A spokesman of theirs, Pelham Jones, urged people to “realise that rhino’s form part of our heritage”, adding that “we brought these animals back from extinction.” He also highlighted the importance of preserving the rhino population for the sake of tourism, saying that “Tourists come to South Africa to look at the big five, not the big four.”

Jones further referred to the website www.stoprhinopoaching.com as a crucial hub for relevant information, so take a look there if you’d like to find out more, or have anything to contribute.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

waynebisset July 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

I was reading about this problem. I understand that way out in the bush it is hard to catch and prevent poachers, the bushveldt is huge. But The Rhino Park!?
We have a huge, over funded peace time army, why are not the Infantry Battalions mobilized to root out the offenders? I stand to be corrected, Botswana is the only country that uses its army for anti-poaching?
Shame on our now not so new Government and the SANDF .

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Naomi July 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

Sounds like a brilliant point, Wayne. Thank you for making it. I wonder if the Owners Association has addressed this? It’s definitely worth looking into a bit more, so I will, thanks again 🙂 Having travelled quite extensively in the Botswana bush, I must say that they seem pretty well organized – good for them!

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nrhatch September 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Man’s cruelty and greed disgusts me ~ killing animals to get Shark fins and Rhino horns and Elephant tusks is horrific abuse.

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Naomi September 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

I couldn’t agree with you more, Nancy. It makes my blood boil.

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JamieDedes September 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

It’s very sad. Sad too the the topic is considered controversial; but,I understand some legislation is now being put in place to curb all these.

Thanks for posting …

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