Maputo - Mozambique and South Africa have opened a joint inquiry into the poaching of rhinos. The animals are hunted down with the aim of trafficking their valuable horns abroad. The initiative was taken after 48 kg of rhino horns were seized on their way from Mozambique to Vietnam via Johannesburg, reported Mozambique's O Pais newspaper.
Investigators have reportedly already identified several members of the Maputo airport staff involved in the illegal trafficking. According to estimates jointly published by Mozambique and South Africa, more than 3,000 rhinos have been killed in the two countries since 2008. In November Mozambique formally accused Vietnam and China of being the main destinations for poached ivory and rhino horns.