Poachers kill the last female rhino in the South African National Park

July 20th, 2010 - 8:30 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

rhino Krugersdorp, July 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The only surviving female rhino in a South African game reserve has been killed for its highly valuable horn.

This is the latest in poaching activities that are set to make rhinos extinct in the country. Wildlife advocates in the country are now pushing for urgent regulations against poachers after the female rhino bled to death when it’s horn was cut off.

Rhino poaching has now reached record levels in the country according to wildlife experts. 129 rhinos were poached in the country last year because of their horns, but the number has risen to 136 already this year.

The rhino was sedated with tranquilizers by the poaching gang. Investigation into the poaching activities in the country have now been shifted to the law enforcement agencies according to Wanda Mkutshulwa, spokesman for the South African National Parks. “We are dealing with very focused criminals. Police need to help game reserves because they are not at all equipped to handle crime on such an organised level,” she said.

In the past week, 5 poachers have been arrested in the Kruger Park for the possession of AK-47 assault rifles and blood stained rhino horns. Rhino horns are made up of keratin fiber and used mainly for traditional medicine in many Asian countries.

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