Kruger: Wardens 1, Poachers 0 as six suspects arrested

2013-01-24 00:00

IT was one point for the good guys, zero for the poachers in Kruger National Park this week.

On Monday, SANParks’ anti-poaching operations arrested six suspected poachers in three separate operations in the park. Kruger has been hardest hit by poachers, with nine rhino poaching incidents this year already and a grim toll of 425 for 2012.

A white rhino carcass was found in Hluhluwe-

Imfolozi Park last week. It had been shot dead, but was found with its horn intact.

The day before, a suspected poacher was arrested, and while this has not been confirmed by ballistics tests yet, it is speculated that the arrested man may have shot that rhino, but not had time to remove the horn.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s Jabulani Ngubane said the latest arrest brings to six the number of suspected poachers caught in KwaZulu-Natal in the last two months.

Meanwhile, R1 040 010 has so far been raised on KZN Rhino Watch.

The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation is handling all donations and administering the funds. It is not charging for the service.

A helicopter and pilot are being supplied by King Shaka Aviation at cost, and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has been picking up the tab for the fuel each month.

See www.ecr.co.za for more about East Coast Radio’s KZN Rhino Watch campaign.

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