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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

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