Wilderness Foundation offer R150 000 reward after two rhino are butchered at Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve

MARCH 5, 2015

The Wilderness Foundation has expressed ongoing concern at the recent poaching of two rhino in the Eastern Cape this week and is offering R150 000 to anyone with information that can assist in the arrest of those involved. The poaching took place at Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve on Tuesday.

In this poaching incident, a mother and her 2 ½ year old sub-adult calf were butchered, and the mother’s full-term (unborn) calf also died.

The Wilderness Foundation, through the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative, along with other partners, has offered a R150 000 reward for information leading to a successful arrest and prosecution of those involved in this killing of rhino at the Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve.

In a statement, Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve said that following the incident they immediately notified the Hawks who were on the property shortly thereafter thanks to Wilderness Foundation organising a helicopter for them from PE.

“The Nature Conservation Special Investigative Unit also known as ‘The Green Scorpions’ arrived onsite to assist with processing the crime scene and documenting the evidence,” it said.

“Dr William Fowlds was called in to do the autopsy on the two rhinos. While doing the autopsy he discovered that the female was heavily pregnant and so proceeded to deliver the unborn and now dead baby.

“Dr Fowlds said that this was the first time that he had seen an almost full term baby only two weeks away from being born. It is an image that has now been burnt into all of our hearts and minds and will never be forgotten.”

This is the third poaching incident on Mount Camdeboo since May last year with a total of five rhinos being lost including the unborn baby.

“Our property is one of the most remote game reserves in the Eastern Cape if not South Africa and was thought to be the last place that poachers would be able to access. We now know that these criminals are highly organised well-funded and strategic in their planning of each poaching incident,” the game reserve said.

“Security measures have been increased since the last poaching incident of  'Split Horn' in November last year, with the assistance of our APU team.”

If the public have any information that can assist in the apprehension of these perpetrators, they are to contact the Wildlife Crime Tip-off Line. The number is 078 696 9494.

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