By Antony Sguazzin
South Africa last week began moving rhinos from areas of heavy poaching in the Kruger National Park to so-called intensive protection zones, the Sunday Times reported, citing officials from the country’s national parks department.
On Oct. 16 five rhinos were darted with tranquilizers and moved to one of the zones and by the end of the month 30 of the endangered animals will have been relocated, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said, citing the officials.
Rhinos in the Kruger are in danger from poachers who mainly cross into the park through a porous border with Mozambique.
Poachers have killed at least 769 rhinos this year in South Africa, home to most of the world’s population of the animals. Their horns are prized in China and Vietnam, where they are ground into powder and thought to cure diseases such as cancer. The horn is more valuable by weight than gold. A record 1,004 of the pachyderms were slaughtered in all of last year.