Rhino poaching: A bleak start to 2011 after a dark year

The Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks) announced that in 2010 South Africa lost 333 rhino with 162 suspected poachers having been arrested in relation to the crime.
“The year 2010 will always be remembered as being one of the worst years for conservation in the Republic of South Africa because of the ruthless assault on our rhino populations by merciless criminals”. The worst hit area was the Kruger National Park, only 10 km from Dreamfields Guesthouse, with 146 rhino lost.
In the first 10 days of 2011 the country has lost five rhino already! The same amount of poachers have died when Rangers acted in self-defence after poachers opened fire on them at Crocodile Bridge and Pretoriuskop. The country would have preferred these suspected criminals to have their day in court and explain to the nation why they would commit such an unforgivable crime.

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