Four Rhino Poachers Arrested in Limpopo, South Africa

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Police have nabbed four men on a Limpopo game farm.


Thanks to a tip, police managed to arrest four Zimbabwean men for attempting to kill rhinos in the Lephalale Game Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa.

Fortunately, they were caught before any rhinos were harmed.

Colonel Alpeheus Mokale said via Jacaranda 94.2 that a rifle was also confiscated from the poachers.

We received information that people were hunting rhinos at a certain farm in Lephalale. We also seized a 0.30 rifle.

The men are believed to be part of a rhino poaching syndicate and police are hopeful this arrest will shed additional light on the rhino killing spree that has gripped South Africa.

Rhino poaching has reached epidemic proportions, with at least 182 rhinos lost to the slaughter this year.

The killing is fueled by consumer markets for rhino horn in China and Vietnam, where traditional medicines containing rhino horn are in high demand – despite the fact rhino horn has been extensively analyzed and actually contains no medical properties whatsoever.


Source: Jacaranda 94.2

Image: istock.com

Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I am the Editor of Rhino Horn is Not Medicine and Project Pangolin, author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine, a writer for the environmental news blog Planetsave, the host of Behind the Schemes, and Producer for the upcoming documentary The Price. When I'm not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, I enjoy gardening, reading, designing, and rocking out to live music.

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  1. This is our chance ! These guys need to get the maximum punishment. This is the only way for the others out there to realise that the risk of being caught outways the money they think they can make. They need to be forced to talk.