KwaZulu-Natal conservation authorities may force their rangers to undertake polygraph tests. The action is one of the measures discussed at a high level meeting yesterday between rhino anti-poaching staff and management of KwaZulu-Natal Ezemvelo Wildlife. It follows the recent spike in poaching in the Hluhluwe-ImfoloziPark.
An intensive investigation is underway after the gruesome discovery of nine carcasses in theHluhluwe-Umfolozi Park. It has also led to questions about the authorities anti-poaching methods and allegations that rangers were complicit in poaching. An outcome of the internal investigation is expected soon.
Meanwhile, a six-month old calf was found at her mother’s carcass. Severely dehydrated, the orphan is now being treated at a reserve.
Sadly, she is not the only one, an abandoned one month-old injured rhino is also receiving care.
It is a story of survival that brings some hope in the fight against rhino poaching and the threat of extinction.