PRETORIA – Two suspected rhino poachers have been shot dead at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal police confirmed on Tuesday.
The incident took place on Monday.
It’s believed the pair shot at anti-poaching staff who tried to stop them to inspect their vehicle.
Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane says they retrieved an unlicensed firearm as well as a rhino horn.
Last year, a suspected poacher was shot dead and five more arrested in the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
Latest statistics show three rhino are poached in South Africa every day.
Their horns are used in traditional Asian medicines, particularly in Vietnam and China.
Conservationists say something drastic has to be done to curb the US$19 billion annual trade.
Rhino, elephants and tigers are particularly targeted by poachers.