Aquila Private Game Reserve have activated rescue operations to assist a baby rhino after the mother was killed by poachers. The incident did not happen at Aquila, but are heavily involved in the rescue operation.

A press release said: “Aquila Private Game Reserve dispatched its Saving Private Rhino team, under its 24 Hour Rapid Rhino Response initiative to an undisclosed scene in the north of South Africa – this support is on the back of the Aquila owner, Searl Derman’s, commitment to helping other private reserves in South Africa to protect and conserve rhino species for future generations; see: www.savingprivaterhino.org

“In this latest poaching incident, the carcass of a female white rhino was discovered by the anti-poaching team on a 26000-hectare reserve, and it is estimated that she has been dead for about 5 days. Her orphaned baby rhino is only 3 months old and would not be able to survive for more than 10 days without nourishment. The teams started their search and rescue mission on foot, 4×4 and with air support,” the statement read.

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According to Save The Rhino Organization, at the end of 2015, conservationists’ best estimates were that around 30,000 rhinos (all five species) survive in the wild. This is a shocking statistic.

“In January 2018, at 10:00 local time, Minister Edna Molewa from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs released the 2017 poaching numbers from across South Africa. 1,028 rhino were poached in 2017, a slight decline (26) from the 1,054 animals killed in 2016,” Save the Rhino said.

 

See footage of poached rhino, this is not for sensitive viewers:

 

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