Rhinos disappear from Mozambique, dwindle in South Africa

Rhinos have completely disappeared from Mozambique. Photo from http://www.treehugger.com.

Rhinos have completely disappeared from Mozambique. Photo from http://www.treehugger.com.

Treehugger.com reported  all of the rhinos that lived in Mozambique are gone due to excessive poaching. The nation had 15 rhinos left and all of them  were all found dead last month, butchered and without their horns, in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a reserve along the country’s southern border.

Just a few decades ago, rhinos roamed around the park in huge numbers. Authorities suspect some of the park rangers may have aided poachers in the park. Thirty rangers have already been arrested and will be in court later this month.

Mozambique is not alone in its struggle to keep rhino populations alive. The animals in South Africa are on the same track to disappear. About 180 have already been killed, leaving just 249 in the wild. More than 100 people have been arrested, but the deaths continue.

Poachers are starting to look in places that have never faced this danger before, something that is bothering authorities. For example, poachers recently killed a rhino for the first time in Swaziland in almost 20 years.

The high demand for rhino horns comes from the Asian Black Market, where rhino parts are valued higher than gold.

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    ellison said,

    Reblogged by http://www.southweb.co.za – Blogging around SA


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