Two men were arrested last week in South Africa after being found with over 40 kg of rhino horns.
The Vietnamese men were en route to Hanoi with 41 kg of ivory, the largest amount ever seized in South Africa.
Also this past week, Limpopo authorities arrested six alleged poachers in Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. The two groups of men were found with a rifle with ten rounds of ammunition and an axe each. Their vehicles were also seized. All men will have to appear in court on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm.
No rhino parts were found in either case, but police are searching for poached rhinos in the areas the groups were found and both firearms will be tested to determine if they were used in any prior poaching case.
Almost 1,000 rhinos were poached alone this year in South Africa, home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos, with about 20,000 rhinos in total.