By JohnThomas Didymus
The directors of the Limpopo National Park (PNL) in Mozambique have announced that poachers have wiped out all the rhinos in the park. Poachers traffic in rhino horns to meet the Asian market demand for preparations believed to have medicinal properties.
The Limpopo National Park in Mozambique is an extensive trans-frontier wildlife reserve.
The Portugal News reports that according to park director Antonio Abacar, no rhinos have been seen in the park since January. Abacar said failure to sight a rhino in the park for so long means that all "the ones that lived on the park are probably dead."
According to News24, the director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) wildlife crime and consumer awareness program, Kelvin Alie, said poachers killed the remaining 15 rhinos in the park last month. The total number of the animals living in the park was estimated at about 300 in 2002.
Abacar told reporters: "Our greatest problem is that some of our workers are involved in poaching." The park authorities said 30 rangers employed in the park have been charged with colluding with poachers to kill the rhinos and will appear in court soon.
Alie said: "It is tragic beyond tears that we learn game rangers have now become the enemy in the fight to protect rhino from being poached for their horns. That the entire rhino population of part of such an important conservation initiative can be wiped out – and with the help of wildlife enforcement officers - speaks volumes about the deadly intent of the wildlife trade. They will stop at nothing to get to their quarry." More....