The Last Throw of the Dice. By David Cook.
In the wake of the brazen killing of a captive white rhino cow and calf within , of all places , the holding bomas at the head quarters of Ezemvelo’s game capture operations in Zululand in May 2017 the question on everyone’s lips – as the usual teeth- gnashing reaction from the conservation world gets underway – is just what kind of anti- poaching plan does the organisation and its managers operate that allows criminals to strike at the very heart of Zululand’s rhino security, and what is more, get away with it ?
Indignant claims that it must have been an “inside job” or at very least a collusive arrangement between outside criminals and someone with legitimate access or knowledge of the bomas, are peripherally unhelpful to understanding the reality of what is actually taking place – not simply here in Africa’s rhino heartland but also around the world. Have we forgotten that a rhino was poached in the Paris zoo or that a rhino orphanage north of Durban was attacked and the pathetically vulnerable, semi tame rhino it was caring for, slaughtered ?