Rhinos now extinct in Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park



Poachers have likely killed off the last rhinos in Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park, according to a park official who spoke with Portugal News.

Park director António Abacar said that no rhinos have been sighted in Limpopo National Park since January, “which means that the ones that lived in the park are probably dead”.

Abacar blamed poachers, including park rangers, noting that 30 employees are being disciplined.

Limpopo National Park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which also includes South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park.

The poaching problem in Limpopo National Park is such that South Africa has threatened to reinstall fences to protect its portion of the transboundary area.

Rhinos, like elephants, lions, tigers, and many other animal species, are suffering from a global poaching epidemic fueled by rising income in the Far East and an increasingly sophisticated black market wildlife trade.

The news of the demise of Mozambique’s Limpopo rhinos comes just a week after Annamiticus reported that 232 rhinos were killed in South Africa during the first 107 days of 2013. Last year South Africa lost 668 rhinos to poachers.

This article was written for Mongabay.com and reposted on Focusing on Wildlife.

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Anne Grice

This planet is infested with the worst breed of human parasites who have this sickness & compulsion to decimate every living specie without a conscience! The wealth of China has contributed to a vast amount of animal destruction for every body parts! Then the welathy sadistic psychoapths of the EU & USA have destgroyed another huge population of wild life for sick pleasure and home decor. Such is the low mentality of supposedly superior human race. Superior to what I wonder?

Craig Cudworth

Another sad day for rhinos and an even more tragic one for our children who probably now will never get to see this fantastic animal in the wild.The natural world is being plundered and destroyed at such a rate that I have little hope for so many species.

Roger Whittaker

it is a shame that poachers are part of any society – moreover it is a shame that the land they call home sees the park rangers as the problem – having said that – i also see it as being a shame that the writer of the headline misuses words to create a hyperbolic headline ” Rhinos now extinct in Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park” the usual understanding of extinct by reasonable readers is the idea that there is no longer any more in the world anywhere – none to be seen or had period – to suggest that the… Read more »

Susan Lee

The shame is on ALL of humanity for allowing this abysmal atrocity to have taken place at all; “discipline” after the tragic fact is just closing a barn door after the horses have been stolen.