POACHERS KILL FIVE RHINOS ON GAME FARM
FIVE rhinos have been killed in two separate attacks in the past three weeks on the private Wildschutsberg Game Reserve near Komani.
The entire rhino population of the popular reserve has been wiped out with four of the five rhinos dying after being shot by poachers and dehorned. The fifth, a cow, managed to survive but died later despite attempts to save her.
The rhinos only had stumps of horn left as all had been dehorned as a counter-poaching measure earlier this year.
In the first attack, two rhino bulls were killed on October 1 with three – two cows and a bull – killed on Sunday.
Reserve owner Greg Harvey confirmed that the reserve’s rhino population had been wiped out in less than a month.
He said he feared that inside information had been supplied to the poachers as no-one was aware of the location of the rhinos during the day or night.
A total of 11 rhinos have been poached in the Eastern Cape so far this year.
Provincial police spokeswoman Colonel Sibongile Soci confirmed that police had visited the scene to gather evidence. – Rep reporter