Dehorning to cost Zimbabwe R17,000 per rhino

Zimbabwe says it’s in the process of dehorning all the rhino in its national parks.

FILE: White rhino. Picture: Big Game Parks.

HARARE - Zimbabwe says it's in the process of dehorning all the rhino in its national parks.

Officials there say they want to deter poachers who may turn their sights on the country after South Africa ramped up efforts to curb rhino poaching in its own parks.

Dehorning doesn't come cheap - wildlife vets put the cost at nearly R17,000 per rhino.

The state-run Herald is reporting that rhinos in Chivero near Harare, and Chipinge in the country's south-east have so far been dehorned.

The black and white rhino that live in the Matopos National Park in the west of the country are now having their horns removed.

Not all of Zimbabwe's 700 black and white rhinos are kept in national parks, in fact, most are under close guard in private conservancies.

Even there they've been the target of poachers and last year the country lost around 50 as killings surged.