#ShockWildlifeTruths: 28 KZN rhinos poached in 2018 after 7 found dead in iMfolozi

2018-02-27 12:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - As the war against rhino poaching continues, the discovery of seven dead rhinos in KwaZulu-Natal's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is a heavy blow for conservationists and park authorities.

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife spokesman Musa Mntambi told Traveller24 that the seven rhinos were found on Wednesday last week. 

"Five carcases were estimated to be three days or so old and while in the vicinity it was also discovered that other two rhino carcasses seemed to be more than two weeks old," says Mntambi. They were about 800 metres from each other.

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Mntambi says the rhinos were killed under a very thick bush, which made it difficult for them to be seen from above.

If it were not for the vultures‚ "we might not yet have discovered the five killed last week".

“Our field rangers noticed the carrion birds converging at a particular spot and went there to check," says Mntambi. 

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According to Mntambi, as part of procedures‚ once a carcass is found the field rangers search the area to see if there are any other carcasses around.

'28 rhinos poached in KZN in 2018'

Mntambi says the discovery brings the number of poached rhinos in the province to 28 already in the first two months of 2018.

"Ezemvelo and in conjunction with law enforcement agencies as well as the local communities will continue to do everything in its power to fight against any type of poaching inside our game reserves," says Mntambi, adding that "we may lose some battles but we will definitely win the war."

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