Six rhino poached in Kruger Park

SANParks says six carcasses were found on the weekend, with most likely killed in the prior weeks.

FILE: A rhino calf stands next to its mother who was killed by poachers at the Finfoot Lake Reserve in the Brits District. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Authorities on Monday confirmed six rhino carcasses were found in the Kruger National Park this past weekend.

It's believed the animals were killed by rhino poachers over the festive season but the carcasses were only discovered over the weekend.

South African National Parks's Ike Phaahla says they will have to do more to tackle the problem.

"It's going to take our efforts to match those of the rangers who are trying to keep the poachers away from the animals. We have to match their efforts in order to make a difference."

Close to 1,000 rhino were killed on South African soil last year.

The Kruger National Park alone lost about 600 of the animals to poaching.

In 2010, the total number of rhino poached in South Africa was 333. In 2011 the number was 448 and last year it was 668.

SANParks says the majority of poachers come from outside South Africa, with more than 90 percent of them crossing the border from Mozambique.