Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Rhino Poaching Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve
KwaZulu-Natal – Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife says the result of an internal probe into the recent killing of seven rhinos in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park will be made public after it has been scrutinised by a group of “independent conservation experts”.
Ezemvelo chief executive Bandile Mkhize said he had nothing to hide about the preliminary field investigation into the poaching. “First impressions show a small breach in the chain of command at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. Sadly, it only takes one or two people to be induced by these huge riches, or one area of neglect of supervision and ‘bang’ you suffer this dramatic consequence.”
However, Mkhize said calls for an independent investigation into the poaching of the rhinos were “ill-considered”.
“I flatly reject this mistrust, [it] ignores the professionalism in our ranks. It also shows an ignorance of the extreme sensitivity surrounding intelligence gathering.
“In this climate of mistrust and suspicion, who exactly qualifies to undertake such an investigation?” Mkhize asked.
He acknowledged criticism that Ezemvelo had suffered from a loss of experienced staff, but noted that it had formed a strategic support committee made up of former senior conservation officials.
But critics should also not “sugar-coat everything from yesteryear”, Mkhize said.
“There are many instances of past field operations performing beyond the scope of modern-day accountability by ex-military personnel… Yesterday’s practices spoke of people on one side and bio-diversity on the other.
“Our approach demands a sustained humanistic outreach, one that is fundamental for the acceptance of conservation among our rural people.”
He was dismayed to hear “opportunistic and largely unsubstantiated” criticism of Ezemvelo’s performance at a time when SA’s rhinos were under assault from criminal networks offering huge financial inducements to poachers. – The Mercury
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Humans have hunted for over 400 000 years, poaching for financial gain or cultural reasons however still continues today. Ivory, bones, skins or meat
29 September 2015 6 Rhino’s Slaughtered
Poachers have once again struck and this time 6 Rhino’s where poached, this continuous onslaught is having a detrimental impact. Todate 86 Rhino’s have been poached in the province.
This while Heritage day was being celebrated in South Africa. Greed and the lack of pride of ones heritage would seem that poaching will not be stopped anytime soon. Both national and private reserves in South Africa are large and thus patrolling these vast areas makes it quite difficult to deter poachers.
South Africa – six more rhinos killed in one night in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi in KZN
The slaughter continues in KwaZulu-Natal, as poachers shift focus. SA government must move fast on a new law on the trade and invest more of their tourist income in protection instead of cutting park budgets. Read this story by Tony. KS
6 rhino killed in just one night in KwaZulu-Natal reserve
Tony Carnie, News24 Correspondent
Hluhluwe – Horn poachers have killed another six rhino in a single night shoot-up in KwaZulu-Natal’s flagship Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve.
It is understood that 11 gunshots were heard around 00:00 on Sunday. At first light on Monday, Ezemvelo KZN wildlife rangers and anti-poaching units went to where the gunshots had been heard and found six dead rhino.
All their horns had been hacked off and removed by the poaching gangs.
Ezemvelo spokesperson Musa Mntambo confirmed in a brief statement on Tuesday that the six animals had been killed in the Mbhuzane area, in the Imfolozi section of the park.
This is the area where fewer than 100 southern white rhino were rescued from global extinction in the 1890s and subsequently multiplied to nearly 20 000 animals after being spread out to Kruger National Park and other wildlife reserves across Africa.
However, more than 6 000 of these animals have been shot and butchered for their horns over the last decade in SA alone.
Over the last three years, poachers have increasingly turned their attention to the KwaZulu-Natal rhino reserves after stricter security measures were introduced in the Kruger National Park.
The latest series of killings in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi has raised the rhino body count in KwaZulu-Natal to 139 so far this year, suggesting that the final death toll in KZN could exceed 260 by year end.
No national statistics have been released so far this year by the department of environmental affairs – though the national killing rate has exceeded 1 000 killings annually for the last four years (around three rhino each day countrywide).
In a separate incident, former Ezemvelo rhino anti-poaching officer Lawrence Munro has been gored by a black rhino in Malawi.
Munro resigned from Ezemvelo eighteen months ago to take over as field operations manager for the African Parks network in Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
Last week he was escorting tourists on foot in Liwonde when a black rhino charged them. Munro stepped out in front to protect the group and was gored in the leg.
He was airlifted to a private hospital in Johannesburg and was reported to be recovering well on Monday night.