GABORONE, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Law enforcement agencies are intensifying patrols after a dead white rhino was discovered in the lower reaches of the Okavango Delta in Botswana on August 18.
This marked the second rhino that was killed at the delta since last year.
The carcass was discovered during a routine joint anti-poaching patrol by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), Botswana Defense Force as well as non-governmental organizations.
DWNP coordinator Timothy Blackbeard said on Tuesday that the horns of the animal were 'cruelly' removed and taken away by the perpetrators.
Blackbeard said that they suspect the incident was an opportunistic crime rather than organized and had engaged other investigation agencies from government departments such as Botswana Police and Intelligence Services to look into the case.
Blackbeard said poaching of rhinos, however, is not as common in Botswana as it is in the neighboring countries such as Namibia.