Two suspect rhino poachers arrested in Kruger Park

 Two suspected rhino poachers were arrested in the Kruger National Park on Saturday.

The search for the poachers started after reports of shots being fired and the discovery of two fresh white rhino carcasses with their horns removed. “During the operation, the joint forces came into contact with a group of suspected poachers. Two were arrested but three managed to escape under the cover of darkness back into Mozambique,”  SANParks says.

According to South Africa National Parks (SANParks) two hunting rifles, ammunition and four fresh rhino horns were discovered during the operation in the N’wanetsi section of  the park . The operation involved the Kruger National Park Operation Rhino Task group, comprising rangers, SANParks Environmental Crime Investigation (ECI) and  the SAP. Also  involved in the operation were members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Borderline Control Unit currently deployed in the park.

 William Mabasa,HOD: Public Relations and Communication, commended the work done by the joint security forces. “We are  saddened by the number of rhinos 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.

– News courtesy of SAnews.gov.za

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