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