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Three rhinos – mother and two calves – die after poaching incident

Dead baby rhino, African wildlife poaching

Audrey’s calf, Louise, was found dead on Sunday morning, having not survived the stress of the poaching ordeal © SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary

Sourced from third-party site: Letaba Herald and SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary  

SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary near Gravelotte in South Africa has lost three of their rhinos at the hands of poachers over the past weekend.

The discovery of the carcasses of the rhinos, named Audrey and her calf Azi, were made on Saturday.

A joint search operation which included two helicopters, a fixed wing aircraft, dog units, the local community and counter poaching units was rallied but despite all best efforts, the poachers managed to evade capture.

The rhino cow, Audrey, had at the time another calf called Louise.

Dead rhino after being killed by poachers, African wildlife poaching

The discovery of the carcasses of the rhinos, named Audrey and her calf Azi, were made on Saturday © SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary

On their Facebook page, SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary said the following:

“The rhino cow poached was identified as Audrey and her calf Azi. Little Louise, born exactly a month ago today, is still missing and we have teams out looking for her. We will not stop till we find her, at the moment she is our top priority.”

Tracks were later picked up and a search operation ensued with the hope of finding Louise. On Sunday, Rhino Revolution, Wild Skies Aviation and Dr. Peter Rogers from ProVet Wildlife Services joined up to try and locate the young calf. The hope was that should she be found alive and  taken away to a rhino orphanage. Sadly, her body was found on Sunday morning – she did not survive the stress of the ordeal.

This heinous act comes less than a month after the passing of SanWild’s Founder, Louise Joubert.

Dehorned rhino after being killed by poachers, African wildlife poaching

Audrey’s young calf Azi was killed and dehorned as well © SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary



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