Nine rhino carcasses were discovered at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park last week.
This news follows on the heels of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s announcement that 14 rhinos had been killed earlier in the month.
These are the first well-documented mass slaughtering incidents since the government lifted the ban on local rhino horn trading, which experts warned could lead to an increase in this crime.
Two suspects were arrested for the crime and weapons were confiscated, but no trace of the rhino horn was found.
Ezemvelo’s 2017 body count stands at nearly 90 rhinos in the KwaZulu Natal province alone.