Rhino Poaching - Hartzview Hunting Safaris
Good day guys,
It is a very sad day as we had to move all our rhino of our main area to several different areas the past weekend. THe reason for moving all our rhino is because of poaching. In the last 3weeks we had 9 rhino shot on our area of which 6 is dead with their horns removed and 3 were heavily wounded of which one bull died last night. Unfortunately this made for another conservation effort to be stopped in its tracks as nobody will be able to handle the losses financially and emotionally.
I found one of the rhino on Thursday by seeing fresh blood croosing road near a waterhole. I got out and started tracking the blood where after about 35 yeards saw a running rhino track. Tracked another 400 yards on where I found the dead cow with 2 AK47 shots on the shoulder. Horns were not removed as I think I probably scared the poachers as the blood trail and rhino were still fresh! Glad they did not shoot at me!
We immediattely decided to move all rhino of Hartzhoogte. When we started flying to dart the rest of the rhino we found the other 5 carcasses. We also found the wounded rhinos when we started darting them for the move. We are still missing two calfes, the cows have been killed by the poachers.
I added some pictures of some of the rhinos we found. I felt that I should share this with our fellow hunters as we are all conservationists and that you guys need to know this kind of really bad news aswell!
Here is a young bull that has been shot 6 times with a small caliber. We are hoping that he will survive!
These were both pregnant cows!