Kruger rhino won't be moved this year

Johannesburg - Rhino at the Kruger National Park will not be moved this year, SA National Parks said on Saturday.

"We have missed the window to remove the animals because it is now getting warmer. The best time to move them is in winter," spokesperson  Isaac Phaahla told Sapa.

He said a project plan had been developed but it was still with the board of SanParks, waiting approval.

"Once approved, the plan will be implemented," he said.

Phaahla said the rationale behind the move was to grow the number of the animals while at the same time preserving their safety.

He said a lot of work would go into investigating the places where the animals would be kept.

"The animals will only be moved to an area where they will be properly looked after and protected from poachers. They will only be moved to areas where there is expertise for their well-being," he said.

"The move will probably happen next year."

On 12 August , Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced that rhino along the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park would be moved to strongholds both inside and outside the flagship reserve to protect them from poachers.

She said her department was also looking at moving some rhino out of the country.

"Part of the translocation will include the Southern African Development Community, the SADC area in particular... We have already started discussions with Botswana, we are working with Zambia, we are working with other countries, but more intensely those two in particular," she said at the time.

lacrimosewolf 2014-08-23 08:55:54 PM
Waiting for approval. Probably will. Never is more like it. This govt is killing us all with its Policies, Processes and Procedures. No cooking clue, just write another law and wait for The People to challenge it in the asstd courts. It's an outrage that endangered animals should be free game for poachers whilst the asstd stamps are collected, poachers are released on bail and consignments of rhino horn leave our borders every day undetected.
Marlene Black 2014-08-23 08:56:42 PM
There won't be any left to move if they wait until next year.
Derick Nieuwoudt 2014-08-23 09:22:12 PM
I said it so many times,the poaching are where the anc are getting their money from!!!!!
Mike Jones 2014-08-23 09:26:03 PM
Maybe they could be kept in the kraal at Nkandla.
Melanie Eggersglusz 2014-08-23 09:38:53 PM
By the time come next year they all with will be murdered.
Monica Kieck 2014-08-23 09:43:07 PM
Why? Our Government is so corrupt; Ministers deal with drugs and maybe are there are part of all this rubbish; "land-reform"? Charity start at home; all the parks are a mess; employ people: Mr Zuma; with the proper qualifications; not people that want to destroy our country; get the proper people on board and forget about your BEE; GIVE PE0PLE A CHANCE TO HELP RUNNING THIS COUNTRY! First you need to get rid of the Unions; you are killing the Industry of the country.
Freddy van Wijk 2014-08-23 09:56:49 PM
K*K excuse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-23 10:10:15 PM
Rhino almost extinct and will not be moved this year was it another country they would of been moved a long time ago shame on you that you can not protect these historic animals but then again you dont care about your people either
Willem Wulfse 2014-08-23 10:14:03 PM
This has given the poaching gangsters more time.
Johan Hattingh 2014-08-24 01:48:38 AM