30 July 2010

Gangs drive surge in poaching

Rhino calf Vuma was orphaned after poachers hacked out his mother's horn and left her to die at a reserve north of Johannesburg: the latest victim in a wave of poaching.

Nine-month-old rhinoceros Vuma was orphaned after poachers this
month hacked out his mother's horn and left her dead in a pool of
blood at a reserve just north of Johannesburg.

Vuma, whose name means "acceptance", only survived because his
horn has still to grow. His mother was the last adult at the
reserve, so he was moved last weekend to join a new herd.


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