CEO of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Andrew Parker, regretfully announces the discovery of a rhino carcass on their property today.
The young male White Rhino had one of his horns cut off, allegedly by Rhino horn poachers who entered by cutting the electrified reserve fence on the South-Western Boundary of the world famous reserve nearby the Paul Kruger Gate of the Kruger National Park. The rhino was most likely killed between two and three this morning, 09 September 2011.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve management team, together with the local authority Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, South African Police Services and Quemic Security Services, have commenced with an immediate investigation.
“This is a very sad day but we will continue to be vigilant with our security for the Reserve, using every resource we can to prevent this from happening again. We spend close to R 2,5m on security every year and given that this is only our second loss we feel that we have control over this problem,” Nick More, one of the Executive Committee members concluded.