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White rhino snared, both horns removed in South Africa

A white rhino was found dead with both horns removed in a wildlife sanctuary on the South African side of the Mozambique border today, according to South African media reports.

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“The rhino had been caught in a cable snare that seemed to have been deliberately set for big game, such as hippo, buffalo or rhino, all of which frequent the area,” Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife spokesman Jeff Gaisford was quoted saying by The Times website. “Both horns had been removed,”

It was believed the rhino was snared yesterday (Tuesday), but was only found today (Wednesday) by game rangers, the website added.

“This brings the total number of rhinos killed by poachers in KwaZulu-Natal this year to 15,” Gaisford said.

The sex of the adult rhino, which was found in the Ndumo Game Reserve, was unknown and no arrests had been made.

According to WWF South Africa, more than 600 rhinos have been killed in Africa over the past five years, most of them by poachers looking for their horns, which are highly prized as traditional medicine in some Asian countries.

Posted by David Braun from media reports.

Related reports from the rhino war zone:

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International park becomes frontier in Southern Africa’s rhino war

South Africa vows to fight rhino poachers to “last man standing”

Elle Macpherson a voice for rhino conservation?

“Conservationists” behind rhino poaching spree, newspaper reports

South Africa battles to save rhinos from high-tech poachers

South Africa, Zimbabwe epicenter of rhino poaching

 

NGS stock photo of South African poster by Steve Raymer

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