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Local rhino to be moved in March

SANParks has missed the window to move rhino this year but has developed an alternative plan.

A rhino bull which was moved from Limpopo to the Western Cape in May 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South African National Parks (SANParks) says while it's missed the window to move local rhino this year, it's developed a plan for next March.

SANParks says it's now unable to move rhino at the Kruger National Park because of warmer temperatures.

Earlier this month, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced that rhino along the eastern boundary of the Park would be moved to protect them from poachers.

More than 700 rhino have been killed so far this year.

SANParks spokesperson Isaac Phaahla says, "The main objective is to grow the numbers and also to move them away from the current poaching hot spots."