Rhino poaching in South African Game Reserves
Kariega Acts to protect its Rhinos
Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has announced that it has safely dehorned its rhinos to deter poachers.
Kariega co-owner, Graeme Rushmere, said: “We made the decision to dehorn all our rhino as part of our strategy to combat poaching on the reserve and we have had a supportive response from both the tourism trade and guests.
“Although we agree it is tragic to take away something of such beauty, we have to consider the alternative – a greater risk that our rhinos will be targeted and killed for their horns. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests and trade partners for their support in this decision. It is not an easy or uncomplicated choice to make but the understanding of our friends, partners and guests makes the world of difference.”
After losing two rhino bulls to poaching last year, a new white male rhino was recently introduced to this section of the reserve in the hope of promoting breeding on the reserve.
“Although the male was introduced to generally promote rhino breeding on the reserve, many of us at Kariega are hoping that he will give our incredible survivor, Thandi, a chance to become a mother,” said a statement by the reserve.
Rushmere said all the Kariega rhino had been fitted with tracking devices, which helped the team track and secure the rhino. He said it would take the 10-year-old bull about three months to settle down in his new environment and make contact with other rhino.
Courtesy of Kariega Game Reserve
The Kruger National Park has been hardest hit with a current total of 1065 Rhino slaughtered by poachers within the park since 2010 to May 2013. Conversely Swaziland has not suffered the same devastation and therefore leads one to consider the possibility of an inside job taking place in the Kruger National Park