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Media Release: Two suspected rhino poachers arrested in the KNP

Date: 2012-11-26

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The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Operation Rhino Task group, comprising of rangers, SANParks Environmental Crime Investigation (ECI) and South African Police Services (SAPS), arrested two suspected rhino poachers on Saturday, 24 November 2012. The arrests happened in the N’wanetsi section, located in the central part of the park. Two (2) hunting rifles, ammunition and four (4) fresh rhino horns were discovered during the operation.

The search for the poachers started after reports of shots being fired and the discovery of two (2) fresh white rhino carcasses with their horns removed. During the operation the joint forces came into contact with a group of suspected poachers where two (2) were arrested and three (3) managed to escape under the cover of darkness back into Mozambique.

Mr William Mabasa; HOD: Public Relations and Communication commended on the work done by the joint security forces. “We are very saddened by the number of rhinos that are being killed. At the same time we are confident that we are going to turn the tide against rhino poachers. We congratulate the men and women who on a daily basis patrol the park and put their lives at risk to protect our heritage” he said.

Also forming part of the coalition of forces involved in the operation were members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Borderline Control Unit currently deployed in the park.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks)

William Mabasa
HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919


Ike Phaahla
SANParks Media Specialist
Tel: 012 426 5315 , cell: 0836736974



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