Eleven rhino have been poached in KwaZulu-Natal in the past 20 days, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Tuesday.
The carcasses of eight rhino, seven white and one black, were found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Six were recently shot on the park's western shores, and the other two along the eastern shores.
Two white rhino were found dead in the uMsuluzi Community Conservation Area, near Colenso. The other rhino, which was reported a week ago, was killed in the Weenen Nature Reserve.
Ezemvelo CEO Bandile Mkhize said this was "depressing". However, he would keep working to tighten security.
"We will not drop our heads. However heartsore I feel today, we will fight with everything we've got to track down these criminals....