National Post – All of Mozambique’s remaining rhinos killed by poachers

Johannesburg – The last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique have been wiped out by poachers apparently working in cahoots with the game rangers responsible for protecting them.

The 15 threatened animals were shot dead for their horns last month in the Mozambican part of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which also covers South Africa and Zimbabwe.

They were thought to be the last of an estimated 300 that roamed through the special conservation area when it was established as “the world’s greatest animal kingdom” in a treaty signed by the three countries’ presidents in 2002.

One wonders if maybe it would’ve been better to have not established the special conservation area at all. I mean, 11 years to disappear all 300 of your rhinos, that’s efficiency.

Conservationists say the poorly paid rangers were vulnerable to corruption by organised poaching gangs, who target rhinoceroses for their horns, which are prized in Asia for their reputed aphrodisiac and cancer-curing properties.

I wonder how many of those poorly paid rangers’ bosses drive armoured Mercedes Benzes.

The article goes on to say that in Kruger, on the South African side of the park, 180 rhinos have been killed this year. It is May 1. And 668 in South Africa last year.

Why can’t we despatch a couple drones towards all those Asian infertile cancer sufferers?