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Latest Rhino Casualty in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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.

11 Responses to Latest Rhino Casualty in Sabi Sands Game Reserve

  1. Donna Austin September 10, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    So very, very sad.

  2. CJHines September 10, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    I pray youfind the people responsible for this.
    Greed is an ugly thing.
    Especially when it leads to the demise of a creature that harmed no one.
    Eith all the ugly in this world…animals and children are a blessing.
    They need to be cherished.

  3. Marnie Hickman September 10, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    SO very sorry to hear of the loss of one of your very precious Rhino – Hopefully you will catch the murderers and they will be put away for a LONG time !!

  4. Sheila Tipping September 10, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    I have no words to say…barbaric terrible humans.Only two over a period is still two to many.
    Please be as vigilant as you can even tho” I know it costs a lot of money.

  5. RufaroFan September 10, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Another one! So sorry to hear this. This is definitely out of control in S.A.

    Have you gps’d your rhino so the horns can be tracked? Where the horn goes, there too go the poachers! Sabi Sands is a highly vulnerable region. 5 Star? Hopefully you can afford the best anti-poaching methods available to protect your own.

  6. Sharon McDorman September 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Disgusting and maddening on many levels. These “people” should be shot on sight.

  7. Elaine Davis September 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I hope those guilty of this horrid act will be found quickly and punished, and feel protection in any form is wise. I truly appreciate the opportunity of being able to view all the animals as well as learn about them and that part of the world from Tara, Marc and Seb.

  8. Davina September 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    This is so sad! I can only hope they catch and fully prosecute whoever is responsible. I also hope there are laws in place to also prosecute those who purchase these items, because without demand there would be no need for supply!

  9. Brenda Milam September 11, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    This is just sickening…..I thought that Sabi Sands was “safe” for rhinos

  10. Christie Fynn September 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about this.

    Absolutely awful.

  11. Jacquelyn September 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Hi and thanks for finding the time to describe the terminlogy to the beginners!

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