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MUSINA - South African National Parks (SANParks) on Thursday announced that a fresh rhino bull carcass in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site near Musina in Limpopo Province.
The rhino was found on Wednesday with its horn cut off.
The crime scene was investigated by a South African Police Services (SAPS) forensics team and SANParks environmental crime investigators on Thursday.
According to SANParks Acting Head of Communications, Reynold Thakhuli, this is the first reported rhino poaching incident in the Mapungubwe National Park.
“We are distressed at the loss of this rhino and are working tirelessly around the clock to bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.
“We will continue to fight the battle against rhino poaching.
"(We) are encouraged by the number of arrests made and the steep sentences for convicted criminals such as the 77 years given to a rhino poacher in the Mbombela Magistrate Court earlier in the week,” Thakhuli concluded.
There are no leads currently, but police are investigating.