Poachers kill 2 white rhinos in South African wildlife park

There are about 20,000 southern white rhinos left in the world, most in South Africa.

By: AP | Johannesberg | Published: March 26, 2016 6:02 pm
South Africa, Illegal Poaching, South Africa Illegal poaching, South Africa Rhinos killed, South Africa White Rhinos killed, White rhinoceros, White Rhino, White Rhino poaching, Africa news, World news February 15, 2016 a young rhino, whose mother was killed by poachers, stands in its enclosure at a rhino orphanage in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in the KwaZulu Natal province South Africa. (AP File Photo)

A spokeswoman for a South African wildlife park said poachers have killed two white rhino cows and seriously injured a bull.

Marketing manager of the Sibuya Game Reserve, Charlene Watson, said on Saturday two orphaned calves, aged three and 11 months and still suckling, were sent to a sanctuary.

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Watson said the bull suffered serious injuries to his legs when he fell. She said poachers sawed his horn off.

Watson said several wildlife parks in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province have been targeted by poachers in recent years.

In a Facebook post, reserve owner Nick Fox said he was on patrol with an anti-poaching security unit when he discovered the rhino carcasses early Thursday morning.

There are about 20,000 southern white rhinos left in the world, most in South Africa.

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