Records have it that poachers have killed over 5,900 African rhinos.
In 2015, the number of African rhinos killed by poachers increased for the sixth year in a row.
South Africa has the largest population of rhinos in the world. The implication of that is quite obvious. The nation became the world’s top hotspot for poachers to get their rhino horns.
Rhino poaching statistics quickly reflected this. It was so bad IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Redlist listed the five remaining rhinos as threatened species.
Worst-still, three out of the five species were declared ‘critically endangered’. With the forgoing, the reason behind the celebration surrounding the rhinos-waylay-poachers story isn’t far-fetched.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that some rhinos in Limpopo, stormed a company of three poachers. As learnt, the pissed rhinos in ambush, disarmed one of the poachers and damaged a gun.
Confirming this, Limpopo police related that the incident happened at a farm in Bela-Bela.
Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe divulged that the alleged three poachers are 36, 33 and 32 years old. Two rhinos were shot and the suspects have been arrested.
Ngoepe narrated thus:
“Shots were heard from the rhino camp and a joint task team reacted swiftly. On arrival they found that the suspects had shot two rhinos but they did not kill any.”
According to the police spokesperson, the suspects fled abandoning a damaged gun at the scene.
“Five sets of tracks were followed until three suspects were arrested. During the arrest, one rifle and 270 rounds were recovered,” Ngoepe disclosed.
The suspects will appear before the Bela-Bela Magistrates Court come Monday.
Evaluations conducted to ascertain the factors inspiring rhino poaching, among other things, highlighted that an increasing demand for rhino horns in Asian countries is strengthening poaching crisis.
Albeit not backed by any scientific findings, it’s believed that rhino horns have the capabilities to heal diseases and even, manage hangovers.