Cape Town – Authorities at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Wildlife Park are planning to inject the horns of their rhino with poison in an effort to stem poaching at the reserve.
This project is based on similar initiatives that were done at the Tembe Elephant Park in 2013, where not a single rhino was killed due to the tainting of the horns.
According to IOL within the last two weeks KwaZulu Natal has experienced a large amount of rhino poaching, as syndicates have increased the price they pay to their shooters from R80 000 to R200 000.
In KZN alone 19 rhino have been poached, in the Kruger park a further 150 rhino have been killed just this year.
According to Bandile Mkhize, an executive at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, since the poison was infused into the horns of rhino at the Tembe Elephant Park not a single rhino had died or been poached.
Because of this new deterrent poachers according to Mkhize are now moving south and are targeting rhino in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, rhino in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are also under fire.
Authorities are making a huge effort to devalue rhino horn, said Mkhize.
Currently a cocktail that contains chemical and nuclear poisons that will be infused into the horn is being researched and according to Cedric Coetzee, the chief of the Ezemvelo anti-poaching sector, it is in the final stage of analysis.
Poaching had decreased for a bit but with a new cash injection by syndicates the illegal activity has sky rocketed, said Coetzee.