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Media Release: Dehorned rhino has not been found as yet

Date: 3rd March 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to report that a dehorned rhino spotted by visitors on Friday, 28 February 2014, has not been located as yet after an aerial and ground search was conducted over the weekend. 

This according to the SANParks Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli, who said the search will be intensified again this afternoon. “It has been particularly difficult to locate this animal due to the thickness of the bush as well as darkness in the park at night. The rain has also made it extremely difficult for an aerial search this morning as visibility was poor and the helicopter could not take off. ”

Thakhuli said under normal circumstance vulture activity will give an indication on the location of the animal if it has already died. “Our suspicion is that it might have succumbed to the pain and died and we suspect if that is the case we might start seeing vultures and other scavengers' activities in the next two days or so.”

He said should the animal not be located in the hours allocated to the helicopter this afternoon the search might be called off. “We therefore request visitors who might see this animal to report the sighting at any nearby gate or camp.”

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170

Media enquiries:
Reynold Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999


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