By Ingrid Oellermann
A white rhino named Heidie from Thula Thula private game reserve near Richards Bay has had her life snuffed out by poachers who are running rampant in Zululand.
For days a tracker had been assigned to follow her by day in a bid to keep her safe amid a spate of poaching incidents in the area recently. But two nights ago she vanished and her carcass was found yesterday during an intensive search of the bush.
She is one of two more rhinos to be killed by poachers in that area this week, bringing the number of rhino killed this year in KZN to 17.
Another white rhino was found shot dead a few days ago on a neighbouring game ranch, Intaba Ingwe.
Both rhinos had been cruelly de-horned, and there is reason to believe it is the work of the same syndicate that has been targeting the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) reserves and other private game farms in Zululand this year.
The Witness reported in recent weeks that since January 15 rhino — including one Black rhino — have fallen to poachers in KZN.
Members of the police Organised Crime Units who have been tasked with investigating the spate of rhino poaching in the province rushed to the scenes of the latest slayings yesterday and it was rumoured that aperson had been detained for questioning. More....