Khama Sanctuary no longer safe haven

Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Khama Rhino Sanctuary

In recent years both black and white rhinos were relocated from different places to safe havens in Botswana such as the Khama Rhino Sanctuary (KRS). The killing and dehorning of two rhinos at KRS last year challenged the country’s claim as one of the safest wildlife havens in Africa if not the best, writes Mmegi staffer MOMPATI TLHANKANE.

KRS has been known for an excellent security system in place to protect these endangered animals and was thought to be a safe haven for the relocated rhinos and existing rhinos until the first ever poaching incident between October and November. KRS was regarded as a positive example of a reserve, where not a single animal has been poached since its foundation.

KRS, a community based wildlife project, established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhinoceros this time could not shield highly endangered rhinos from poachers’ guns.

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